Recently I have joined a IPhone Application development meet-up, which holds every two weeks on Sunday at UTS. If you have interest on it please no hesitate to contact me.
After I joined the meet-up, I start trying to build an IPhone app. As we know, IPhone apps are builded by using object c, which I am not that familiar with. Then I start searching internet, and found this awesome open source mobile framework – “Rhodes” – to build native mobile apps, which compatible for any smartphone. Rhodes 1.4 features built-in tools for test-driven development, and it allows developers to write executable specifications that test applications, said Blum.
On June 8th, 2010, Adam Blum (Rhomobile) present the topic “BUILDING NATIVE MOBILE APPS WITH RHODES”. He said “Rhodes is the only Ruby-based smartphone app framework for rapidly building native applications for all leading smartphones (iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian). During this session, attendees will learn how developers can leverage their web development skills to build cross-platform native applications that take full advantage of the device’s capabilities (contacts, camera, GPS) and eliminate the need to develop specific applications for each mobile OS.”
Ruby is a modern and productive language that enables Web developers to leverage their skills to write applications in a modern Model-View-Controller architecture, Blum said. “They don’t need to use a 30-year-old language like Objective C,” he added. Moreover, The framework constructs true native applications (not just web apps) and can maintain locally-stored data as well as use GPS, PIM functions, the camera and other specific features of the target hardware it runs on. (Worthington 2010)
Reference: Worthington D, 2010, “Rhodes framework brings agile to mobile development”, viewed on june 10th 2010, “http://www.sdtimes.com/link/34140″