I'mpleased to announce that the WebSphere Application Server Feature Pack for Web2.0 and Mobile V1.1.0 is now available!
Enterprise developers face many challengeswhen they want to create mobile applications. If they decide to build nativeapplications, they need to create a different version for each type of mobilephone or tablet, using different development kits and programming languages.Then they need to post on each application store and deal with differentupdate/upgrade mechanisms. If they decide to build traditional Webapplications, they quickly realize that Web sites are poorly displayed onsmartphones, don't support touch interactions, etc.
This newfeature pack comes with a long list of software components and servicesenabling WebSphere Application Server (WAS) developers to create mobile Webapplications that can be used across different mobile platforms, with almostnative look and feel, and support for touch interactions.
Withthis feature pack, you can:
- Develop mobile-friendly content: Resulting mobile Web applications can be usedacross different devices. Style sheets for smartphones and tablets areavailable to deliver a user experience compatible with both device capabilitiesand the user's expectations.
- Createuser-friendly content: With new interactive components such as charts, gauges,maps, diagrams, buttons, lists, transitions, animation, etc., it is nowpossible to deliver attractive content that end users will love using.
- Reuseexisting enterprise infrastructure: As a natural extension to WebSphereApplication Server, the feature pack leverages back-end core capabilitiesthrough RESTful services, enabling easy connectivity between mobile clients andexisting server-side components.
- Startdeveloping mobile applications today: The feature pack works on top of a widerange of WAS versions, including WAS V6.1, V7.0, and V8.0, WAS CommunityEdition V2.0 and V2.1. It is available forfree to existing WAS customers. It supports smartphones and tablets such as iOS 3 &4, Android 2.1,2.2 & 3.0, and BlackBerry 6.
In thenext days, weeks and months you'll have access to materials, demos andresources describing how to create these new desktop and mobile webapplications. We hope you'll find valuable information, and please, don'thesitate to interact with the interest group through our development community.
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