Palm announces the public beta availability of Project Ares, which the company says is the first complete set of integrated mobile development tools hosted entirely in the browser.
Palm on Dec. 17 announced the public beta availability of Project Ares,
which the company
called "the first complete set of integrated mobile development tools
hosted entirely in the browser."
The goal of the new Palm development platform is to lower the barriers
keeping Web developers from getting involved in mobile development. Palm Ares
makes it "easier and faster" to create Palm WebOS applications, the
company said. Project Ares was demonstrated for the first time during a Palm
keynote at the Open Mobile Summit in November and an alpha release has been
available to a limited group of developers for the past few weeks. Then Palm
Chairman and CEO Jon Rubinstein referred to
Project Ares during Palm's second-quarter financial-year 2010 earnings conference
call on Dec. 17. The Ares site said:
"Like webOS, Project Ares
embodies Palm's belief that the future of mobile will be built on the web.
Project Ares aims to enable a next-generation mobile development workflow, in
which developers move quickly and seamlessly from editing in a browser, to
debugging on a device, to selling applications in Palm's App Catalog or on the
For more information or to join the Palm Ares beta go here.
Palm Ares features include:
"??Ã Complete integrated development environment
Drag-and-drop interface builder
Source control integration
Fingertip access to the full library of Mojo UI widgets
Push-button project & scene creation
Drag-and-drop file upload
Instant project upload & download for seamless desktop/cloud
Preview apps in the browser
Run apps directly on the webOS emulator or device (requires SDK
??Ã Use Ares in Safari, Chrome or Firefox"
In a blog post about the beta release of Project Ares, Dion
Almaer, co-director of Palm's developer relations
"This project is so exciting as
the team has managed to kill a couple of birds with one stone. Creating webOS
applications has always been simple for Web folk, but with the layout builder
you have a UI up and running in an incredibly short order. I am also very proud
that we put our money where our mouth is by developing our tools on the Web
platform itself. All you need to get going is a Web browser."
Moreover, Almaer said Ares uses the Bespin code editor, "and this is
the first time we have seen the debugging integration at work. I want to thank
the Bespin community for continuing to deliver a Web-based code editor and look
forward to [seeing] that evolve along with Ares," he said. Almaer and his
Palm developer relations colleague, Ben Galbraith, developed the Bespin code
editor while at Mozilla.
"Because webOS is a Web runtime
based on WebKit and V8, and the Mojo framework sits on top of it, you can
preview your applications just in a Web browser. Think about that for a sec ;)
We don't mock out the services.... but you can get your UI just right, and when
you are ready you can quickly deploy to the webOS emulator or