Inovaworks, a Portuguese startup company announced last Thursday the 28th a Java language development kit for Apple's iPhone.
At Inovaworks, we believe it's plain dumb to have a potential market of 5 million people worldwide (us, the Java community) wanting to develop for the device and not have a legal, viable way of doing so if they will, if they've accepted Apple's terms in the iPhone Developer Program.
So, in good ol' fashioned "if it ain't there, build it", we started building it, and we're on our way to finish it. I'm today introducing what will be a complete toolset for Java developers to write Apple-compliant, AppStore-ready applications.
Meet jaiPhon, the "Java on iPhone" development kit.
Our goals while building jaiPhon included:
* Using the familiar Java programming language
* Using a familiar IDE like Eclipse or Netbeans
* Generating 100% valid and compliant iPhone applications
* Explicitly avoiding software black boxes and developer lock-in
* Allowing for Xcode Instruments tuneups if needed
We just started walking in public, and we see a long road ahead of interesting innovations before we can run. A first, functional version, will be made publicly available in late September, beginning October at most. It will be a commercial product, but will be affordable to most pockets.
It will open the amazingly new iPhone world to the Java community. Just imagine the possibilities developing in Java for the iPhone and reusing most code you already have. Imagine jaiPhon.
An updated site will come up in the next few weeks in http://www.jaiphon.com
, and development news will be posted in http://www.hugojpinto.com
as they come along.
Hugo Jose Pinto
Inovaworks Research and Development