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15th February 2012

ICEsoft Launches ICEmobile Open Source Project for Development of Mobile RIAs

ICEsoftICEmobile is an open source project for the development of web-based, Enterprise Java applications for mobile devices. ICEmobile leverages mobile browsers’ support for HTML5, CSS3 and Ajax to create web-based applications where the client presentation matches the device’s native look and feel but is delivered via a secure, enterprise-strength, Java backend. The web-based approach ensures seamless cross-platform support for today’s most advanced smart phones and tablets, including iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices.

“Enterprises face mounting pressure to deliver mobile-friendly solutions both internally and externally to their customers,” states Steve Maryka, CTO at ICEsoft. “The debate rages between using web-based approaches or native mobile applications; but with ICEmobile, you get the best of both worlds. Applications written with ICEmobile automatically adapt to the look and feel of the device they are running on to give a true native user experience, and when you require access to native capabilities not normally available to web applications, you can use the native device containers to extend your web application to use device capabilities like the camera.”

While ICEmobile will target a wide spectrum of Java presentation technologies, the first variant available—ICEmobile-Faces—targets JSF development and leverages the industry-leading ICEfaces 3.0 framework. Key features include:

  • Native Look and Feel – Web applications developed with ICEmobile-Faces look and feel like native mobile applications. The ICEmobile Component Suite provides a complete set of mobile browser controls from which to build user interfaces. Device-specific CSS allows users to tailor the look of their application to automatically match the visual standards for the different mobile devices from which it is accessed.
  • Native Capabilities – Where HTML5 capabilities are not enough, ICEmobile offers native device containers that extend browser capabilities, providing seamless integration with native device capabilities such as the camera, camcorder and microphone.
  • Mobile Cloud Push – Ajax Push is integrated into the ICEmobile environment to deliver revolutionary, real- time, collaborative capabilities to mobile applications and includes extensions for mobile, cloud-based push mechanisms.
  • Mobile Cloud Push – Ajax Push is integrated into the ICEmobile environment to deliver revolutionary, real- time, collaborative capabilities to mobile applications and includes extensions for mobile, cloud-based push mechanisms.
  • Write-Once, Cross-platform Development – Develop a single web application that can be accessed seamlessly across a wide spectrum of mobile devices, including Android, iOS, Blackberry phones and tablets. Eliminate the need to develop and support different native applications for each mobile platform that will be supported.

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“Over the last decade we have witnessed most desktop apps evolve into web apps, states Brian McKinney,” President and CEO of ICEsoft. “This monumental shift is starting in the mobile space now,” McKinney continues. “The main driver behind this shift is the desire to reduce the cost of ownership associated with developing and maintaining mobile applications. The challenge is to deliver on this objective while retaining all of the richness and access to device-based features associated with native applications. ICEmobile achieves this.”

ICEmobile-Faces 1.0 is available for download now and is free to use and distribute under the Apache 2 open source license.

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