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Codename One SDK to Ease Native Mobile App Development

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, February 1, 2013
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Bangalore: Codename One recently announced the availability of its free open source Software Development Kit for Java developers who are looking forward to build native mobile applications.  The new SDK from the Israel – based company founded by two former Microsystems engineers will offer mobile application developers the ability to develop mobile applications on the various operating systems such as the iOS, BlackBerry, Android and others.  

The SDK is designed to decode Java byte code to C/Objective – C Code using the company’s cloud servers. The resulting source code is then compiled to native applications. The Codename One SDK includes a client library, an IDE plugin, simulators, build servers and cloud services as well as a visual design tool reported John K. Waters on ADTmag.  

Although it was previewed in an open beta program last year, however, according to the company’s co-founder Shai Almog, they have been working on the project for about six years when they were engineers at Sun Microsystems. According to the company, the beta version of the tool received over 10,000 downloads and over 1,000 native applications have been built using the platform.

Currently, the SDK is available in four versions namely the free version, Basic, Pro and Enterprise versions. In an effort to keep the SDK efficient, the present release does not support the complete Java specification such as reflections and others. However, according to the company they may support such specifications in the future. Java Visual Machine (JVM) Languages such as Scala, JRuby and Jython are also not supported in the current release.

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