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Rhodes is a great option for allowing developers to write their smartphone apps one time and have them run natively on all devices. After being out for a while several competitors emerged and now we have a product category known as the “smartphone app framework”, with several participants.   We believe that our first mobile Ruby, our fullfledged MVC framework, our hosted development site RhoHub and, most importantly, support for synchronized data, are longterm differentiators.  But in such as a nascent area its better to have some other players out there helping us educate the market. I’d like to predict a new category to beyond the device side “smartphone app framework”  that I think will emerge over the following year: the “enterprise smartphone server”. One of the things that we’ve learned in working with enterprises mobilizing their apps is just how important s... (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)

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)

EuRuKo and Device Capabilities

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking at the superb European Ruby Conference in Barcelona.   It was fascinating seeing the enthusiasm of the audience for Ruby and the technologies presented.  I also got to talk to several attendees about their own Ruby efforts.   The most interesting chats that I had were reminders of how device capabilities on mobile are constantly expanding.  This will be a constant thread and area of continued development and innovation for Rhomobile. For example, I talked to Bart ten Brinke and other developers from Nedap Healthcare about their mobile hom... (more)