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As many of you know by now, we at Rhomobile are very excited about Near Field Communications. We see NFC as the single most important innovation in mobility since the creation of the modern smartphone as exemplified by the first iPhone. NFC on modern smartphones will finally usher in the age of the “Internet of Things”. Now that NFC devices are arriving, we see NFC usage exploding in four major phases: Device to Device Communication The initial phase of NFC usage will be sharing information between devices, being enabled of course by the coming explosion of NFC smartphones in the rest of 2011. Examples of this include Hashable for contact sharing and DoubleTwist for MP3-sharing. Tag Reading Apps The next phase, gated on the availability of NFC tags being widely available from retailers and others, is NFC for tag reading to check prices, get product information, or e... (more)

The First Mobile Ruby

Our open source framework Rhodes contains the first implementation of Ruby for every major smartphone operating system: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian. The primary benefits of the Rhodes framework are: the productivity and portability enabled by writing interfaces in HTML once (and compiling to native smartphone apps), access to device capabilities from a common library used on all smartphone devices and the ability to easily incorporate synchronized data for offline use. But that said, we may have been underestimating the benefits that Ruby has for mobi... (more)

Building iPhone Apps for Business

Friday I’m speaking at the Mobile 2.0 conference in Mountain View.   The topic is “iPhone for Business”, which, if I took the topic literally, raises many issues about distribution and maintenance of smartphones in the enterprise. But I’m really just going to focus on the narrower issue of “iPhone apps for business”: how do you build compelling and useful smartphone apps for enterprise information? This is informed primarily by my experience helping companies build smartphone apps for internal use using the Rhodes framework.  Most of these smartphone apps are internal company ap... (more)

UDDI as an Extended Web Services Registry

As enterprises build a critical mass of Web services, they need some way of keeping track of those services. UDDI is an ideal store for such information. Using UDDI's built-in abstractions of business services, binding templates, and tModels referring to interface specifications, UDDI can be used to manage all of the addresses and protocols and formats of those services. This information can be used for several purposes, including providing location independence and identification of common supported interfaces among those services. But the amount of information tracked on each W... (more)

Beyond Point to Point

Web services have emerged as an excellent method of integrating pairs of applications. Free and cheap Web services development tools from many different vendors make it easy to expose one application's capabilities to other applications that wish to invoke them. But, given recent trends and innovations in Web service standards for more complex integrations of multiple applications from many parties, integrating applications two-by-two with tightly coupled simple Web services may not be the best approach. In this article, I'll take a look at a reasonably complex integration scena... (more)