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Open source app porting for BlackBerry, iPhone, WinMo etc.



Rhomobile has launched a platform that many developers may find useful: an open source porting solution. The open source product is called Rhodes and it allows developers to write once and have their native app run on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian.

The open source smartphone framework allows developers to write once using HTML to simultaneously create native applications for all smartphones including iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Android. Rhodes creates full featured native apps (not web apps) with advanced capabilities and access to functions including GPS, camera and PIM.

The Rhodes framework is now available at RhoMobile.com/download


PhoneGap aims to increase development via open source platform


The mobile industry is abuzz over the news about major mobile platforms releasing their own application store. Developers are working very hard to push their latest projects into the hands of eager mobile users. But what has come apparent within the communities, as far as I know, is the gap between mobile platforms. One company trying to tackle this isssue is PhoneGap.

PhoneGap is an open source development tool under MIT license and proudly sponsored by Nitobi. The product is used for building fast and easy mobile applications using Javascript and HTML, while taking advantage of core features (GPS, sound, accelerometer, vibration) in the iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices.

“The purpose of PhoneGap is for PhoneGap to cease to exist.

Today, mobile development is a mess. Building applications for each device–iPhone, Google Android, Windows Mobile and so forth–requires a different development framework and programming language. As such, phones and other mobile devices have become second class citizens.

We aim to change that by enabling web technologies to work with native device features such as geo-location and accelerometers. In PhoneGap, we’re building a cross-platform framework for device-neutral mobile development.”

Being an open source project, PhoneGap is looking to get ambitious web and mobile developers, along with their respective communities, to help build what can potentially be a powerful tool for full-time developers, part-time developers and hobbyists.

As for why the need for PhoneGap, Ellis, PhoneGap’s founder said, “There are not a lot of Objective-C developers…” Objective-C is a primary language used to develop iPhone and Mac OS applications. “We’re all Web developers here,” Ellis said of Nitobi. “And there are more Web developers than Objective-C developers.”

Do you think PhoneGap could help boost development and the help the industry?

What limitations and benefits can you foresee developing with PhoneGap?


SugarCRM updated to version 5.1


Field Force CRM for BlackBerryThe open source customer relationship management software SugarCRM has updated to version 5.1, featuring advanced reporting and analytics, new wireless HTML client, tracker reports, data import enhancements, and module builder enhancements. The new software will offer BlackBerry and iPhone a completely revamped interface, but it looks like the handheld app, Field Force, is still only working with Sugar 5.0. Hopefully we can see an upgrade on that end soon. Head on over to SugarCRM for the latest version.

(via BusinessWire)


RIM Eclipse plug-in released


EclipseA beta for the Eclipse plug-in spied back in February has been released at EclipseCon, and available for download over here. As discussed in a previous podcast, this move shows that RIM is trying to get cozy with the open-source crowd, which is a little odd for such a closed platform, but obviously we’ll have to wait to hear from the devs for the final verdict.


Open-Xchange Server 5 gets BlackBerry client


SyncJeNexthaus has just announced SyncJe for BlackBerry, letting your handhelds sync up to Open-Xchange Server 5. Open-Xchange is an open source, web-based office client optimized for Linux, and works just dandy with Outlook. SyncJe aims to extend all of its handy office functions like calendars, contacts, e-mail, tasks and document sharing to your handheld. If you’re already set up with an Open-Xchange server, a 15-day trial of SyncJe for BlackBerry is available for download over the air at www.nexthaus.com/bb/syncjebb.jad. The full retail runs for a scant $39.95.

RIM shows love for open source at Ontario Linux Fest


Ontario Linux FestNot only is RIM sponsoring the Ontario Linux Fest lined up to start October 13th. in Toronto, but they’ll be hiring open source gurus there as well. Linux and the like supposedly play a big part in RIM’s internal workings, so what better place to pick up fresh, local talent than a Linux convention in Toronto, a scant two hours drive from their Waterloo home base? Linux is lined up to be a major platform for mobiles in the next couple of years; it’s good to see RIM getting friendly with it at least.