Mojo, Palm's software development kit for WebOS, includes an easy-to-install plug-in that lets developers work within the Eclipse SDK.
's new software development kit for its WebOS, Mojo, includes the
complete library for developing WebOS applications, as well an emulator that
runs under Sun VirtualBox. The SDK also includes a plug-in for Eclipse so you
can do all your development right within the Eclipse SDK.
Like many Eclipse plug-ins, the Mojo plug-in is easy to install and use. If
you're familiar with Web development, you'll feel right at home creating HTML
(integrated development environment) has full support for editing HTML,
development a snap.
Of course, the downside (and this is due to the SDK itself, not the Eclipse
plug-in) is that you can't write native, compiled applications in C or C++ as
you could with earlier Palm products. For some developers, this could be a
problem. The WebOS SDK does include a complete library for accessing the
hardware, going well beyond what you could normally do in a Web application.
But there's still the issue of speed and, more importantly, graphics (which
limits the creation of games).
In general, however, with the help of the Eclipse plug-in, you can easily
get started writing WebOS applications.
For screenshots of Palm's Mojo in action, click here.
Installing the Eclipse plug-in is easy with the Install feature within
Eclipse. Once the plug-in is installed, the IDE
has several wizards to help in your WebOS development.
During tests, I created a new WebOS project by simply choosing Palm WebOS
-> Mojo Application from the New Project wizard. The wizard asked for the
project name, a separate title for the project, a vendor name, and an ID and
Java naming conventions. A default ID of com.vendorname.projectitle is created.
In my case, it was com.ziffdavisenterprise.mojoapp1.
Clicking Finish will create all the basic files for a new WebOS project.
A WebOS project is Web-based. In other words, the application runs in a
browser within WebOS (which, at heart, is Linux-based). Applications consist of
in a fixed tree structure, with directories such as app (which contains the
Applications are organized into what are called scenes. A scene is
accompanying the HTML file in the form of a single object and its prototype
To help developers create scenes in Eclipse, the plug-in includes a wizard
that automatically creates the skeleton files. During tests, I just
right-clicked on my project in the Project Explorer and chose New -> Mojo
Scene. A pop-up box asked for the name of the scene (such as FirstScene). Then
function as well as several prototype methods that are event handlers for
various scene-level events (such as activate, deactivate and cleanup).
Because the applications are browser-based, they can be created as you would
a typical Web application-by building HTML complete with DIV tags and style
sheets. The WebOS includes a standard style sheet that provides a uniform look
and feel across applications, as well as a whole set of controls that go beyond
what's normally available in a Web application. These controls are called widgets,
and include buttons, menus and dialog boxes. The built-in libraries include
full APIs for accessing and controlling the widgets.
The WebOS plug-in is supposed to officially work with Version 3.4.2 of
Eclipse (code-named Ganymede). However, I was able to successfully run it on
Version 3.5 of Eclipse (code-named Galileo) without any problems.
For more information on installing the Eclipse plug-in, click here.