PhoneGap Wins Approval of Packed Ideas on Tap

Posted by Greg Andrews

ideas on tapLast night's Ideas On Tap event had a huge turnout, packing the Yaletown Brew Pub under ambience of the Canucks vs Red Wings (4-3 Canucks in overtime). The lively crowd only had to pay attention for ten minutes as five presenters gave 60 second pitches. By vote of applause and cheering, the winning pitch was PhoneGap, presented by Andre Charland of Nitobi.

For those looking to write an iPhone app but don't have the time or resources to climb the learning curve of Objective-C and the iPhone API, PhoneGap offers a capable compromise. While created by Nitobi employees, it's a free, open source project under an MIT License (meaning free for commercial or non-commercial use). PhoneGap acts as a wrapper of sorts, allowing one to write a web app that packages as a native iPhone app. PhoneGap provides JavaScript access to phone functions like GPS, camera, accelerometer, local data storage, background processing, and push notification, all features that aren't accessible by a web app running in Safari. While still in early development, there is at least one PhoneGap app in the App Store (Inside Trader). There are future plans to extend it's functionality to Blackberry and Android. Write once, run on any smartphone? Ambitious, but naturally appealing.

The other four pitches were:

For more coverage, check the liveblog transcript, or browse photos. The next Ideas on Tap is tentatively scheduled for January. Watch their blog or join the Facebook page to keep in the loop.

Company:
Nitobi
Website:
http://www.nitobi.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Since 1997, Nitobi (formerly eBusiness Applications) has been providing Enterprise Solutions and web-based software components. With a focus on end-user experience, we're committed to changing the way Rich Internet Applications are built. By empowering developers and end-users with revolutionary user-interface components and technologies, better applications will be built that help users do more with less effort.... more


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Greg Andrews

Greg Andrews

Greg Andrews is a Writer and Web Developer and for Techvibes. Born and raised in Edmonton, Greg was blogging about his high school drama long before it was fashionable. In the Spring of 2007, half a year out of school, Greg moved to Vancouver in search of interesting technology and the Canadian dream. His personal sites are gregcorp.com and miscellani.ca. Photo by kk+ more



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