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Ajax Tools May Power Web Apps For iPhone

The developer blogger community is speculating that a handful of Ajax tools may emerge as the only entry for third parties to the iPhone, via the Safari browser window.

Something that looks a lot like Google's Web Toolkit is Morfik's WebOS AppsBuilder, and Morfik claims it has optimized its AppsBuilder environment for developing to Safari on the iPhone screen. The Morfik tool converts Java and other languages into JavaScript. Morfik shows a sample chess game for the iPhone screen at http://ichess.morfik.com.

Likewise, Adobe's Air includes Flash and Ajax development tools. Whether Flash will run on the iPhone is still unclear. But Air can produce Ajax applications that manipulate data inside the browser window and don't require repeated, lengthy page updates to do their work.

Robert Scoble in his Scobleizer blog on June 11 protested that the iPhone doesn't appear to run either Java or Microsoft's .Net languages or Adobe/Macromedia's Flash Player. "It'd be nice for someone who has an iPhone to tell us what will run on it. I'll have mine June 29th, I guess, and will check what runs on it then."

But Ajax remains a sure bet, a programming approach that sidesteps dependence on an Apple software development kit and one that may allow workarounds to the Edge network's inherent slower speed.

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