IBM Worklight is a mobile application platform for smartphones and tablets that allows for the efficient development and management of web, hybrid and native applications. Worklight makes use of existing best-in-class hybrid tools such as PhoneGap, while extensively supporting Sencha Touch, jQuery Mobile and Dojo Mobile out of the box. While other documents and blogs clearly outline the advantages of Worklight to the management of applications and interactivity with enterprise application servers and databases, few highlight the advantages to the mobile app developer. Let’s do that now.
Mobile development tools can be hard to install and configure. Not so with Worklight, which in the Studio development edition can be installed as an Eclipse plug-in that comes prepackaged with PhoneGap, Eclipse templates and wizards to help you get started. It’s a great starting point.