Friday, January 9th, 2009
Palm is on his list, because it is back in the game with their CES announcement of the Palm Pre, an offering that has an SDK that makes me happy. No Objective-C, no Java, just a Web stack!
Palm WebOS, Palm’s next generation operating system, integrates the power of a window-based operating system with the simplicity of a browser. The user experience is designed around multitasking, and makes it easy to run background applications, switch between applications in a single step, and handle interruptions and events without losing context. Using WebOS, you’ll be able to develop fast (and beautiful) applications.
The Palm Mojo Application Framework
Mojo will enable you to:
- Build applications with gesture-based navigation, transitions, and scrolling
- Use the WebOS notification system to alert users without interrupting them
- Leverage the local storage capabilities of HTML5 so that data is available even when users are offline
- Use a JSON-based message bus to tap into a wide range of device services, including contacts, calendars, and location
And good news for Palm OS developers! There are a number of ways to migrate data from a an existing PDB file to your new WebOS app. Stay tuned for more information for developers with Palm OS applications who want to build WebOS applications.
The Palm Mojo SDK
Besides the Palm Mojo Application Framework, the SDK will include sample code, documentation, and development tools. An Eclipse-based IDE is included, and you will also be able to use your choice of tools to build WebOS applications. The Mojo SDK is currently in private prerelease, and will be available later this year as a free download from the Palm Developer Network.
The Palm App Catalog
Palm will provide an on-device application catalog to deliver your apps directly to users.
We are still some time out from the release, but very cool to see!
Clink Ecker of Ars has a nice piece where he talked to a developer familiar with the SDK. If anyone knows more, please let us know :)
Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am