Mobility Post: Lighten your workload with IBM Worklight
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The mobile world seems to be evolving on a day-to-day basis. What was largely considered to be the realm of science fiction, even as late as 2007, is now mundane. With new advances and technological innovations largely making mobiles the de facto standard for connecting to the Internet, it seems logical that all major IT organizations are heavily investing in this medium.
Building for the mobile environment has its own drawbacks. Every major mobile environment has its own text editor and set of tools, and these have some notable limitations, like Xcode for iDevices, which can only be run on a Mac, and the WinMo environment, which needs Microsoft's Visual Studio and the requisite .NET libraries. As a result, someone looking to build for all the major mobile environments has to use a smorgasbord of utilities to get the job done.
This is where IBM's Worklight comes into reckoning. Boasting a feature-set that includes creation of hybrid as well as native utilities for any mobile environment, as well as a Server that acts as a gateway between services and the back-end infrastructure, and a web UI for administration and monitoring of these services, it is not hard to wonder why IBM shelled out out $70 million for Worklight's acquisition.
This utility adds to IBM's already growing arsenal of mobile tools, which includes the Rational suite. Worklight manages to make essential tasks like building for different mobile environments very easy. And the in-built connectivity functions ensure that there is no need to find an external solution for monitoring and administrative functions. IBM Worklight Studio is a a bi-directional WYSIWYG editor which also adds functionality to connect to useful utilities like JQuery Mobile, Sencha and Dojo Mobile.
IBM Worklight can be accessed from this link. With more than a million Android mobiles getting activated daily and the astounding success of iDevices, it is evident that mobile environments would continue to grow unabated.
Harish Jonnalagadda, IBM.