Apple Developers Get Ready For iPhone SDK - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Software // Enterprise Applications
News
1/30/2008
06:33 PM
50%
50%

Apple Developers Get Ready For iPhone SDK

As Apple prepares to release its software development kit, developers are already cobbling together iPhone Web-based apps. An interview with a developer sheds some light on what they're up to.

InformationWeek: What are some of the tools currently available to developers for building Web-based apps for the iPhone?

Reuter: We're starting to see more examples out there for how to develop for the iPhone. The biggest example I can think of is Joe Hewitt, who released a Web app that acts like the iPod part of the iPhone. The majority of Web apps you see out there now are variations on his template.

Ajax has been available in browsers for many years; however, it only gained dominance within the last few years because it became understood how it works in different Web browsers and what the best practices are for developing Ajax apps. Libraries made it easier to write Ajax apps, as well as providing pre-packaged solutions to common problems. That is the best analogy for where we're at with Web development for the iPhone. There are pioneers out there and some problems have been solved.

Web app development for the iPhone will become commoditized, just like Ajax. By commoditized, I mean Web development will become available to more people because the difficult parts will be taken care of.

InformationWeek: Aren't Web apps problematic when it comes to availability since most require Internet connectivity in order to work?

Reuter: Availability is certainly an issue. But it depends on the nature of the application. If it's a collaborative app where people need to share information, you need network connectivity even if it's a native iPhone application.

InformationWeek: What are some of the most interesting iPhone Web apps that come to mind?

Reuter: There's a game called Bejeweled, which is one of the slickest iPhone apps that I've seen so far. You don't feel like you're on a Web page at all. It feels like a native iPhone app. It's just one example of what can be done on the iPhone without the SDK.

Previous
2 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of the Cloud Report
As the use of public cloud becomes a given, IT leaders must navigate the transition and advocate for management tools or architectures that allow them to realize the benefits they seek. Download this report to explore the issues and how to best leverage the cloud moving forward.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll