Now switch gears for a minute and think about developing mobile applications with WebSphere. Suppose youre a developer tasked with creating a mobile version of a new application like this one. You might be also be given some UI mockups from a designer that look something like this, and the application may have requirements for interactive graphical business charts or graphs.
Users will expect a look, feel and user experience similar to the native device. But youve also been told that the business wants this to reach the broadest set of users, who are running iPhones, IPads, Android phones and tablets, and theyve heard that RIM has a new PlayBook tablet that may be important soon.
IBM has delivered new mobile capabilities via the WebSphere Web2.0 and Mobile Feature Pack for WebSphere platforms. The feature pack offers a supported UI library for building desktop and mobile Web applications. These are samples of controls in WebSphere that from an end-user point of view look and feel like the native interfaces on the device.
9IBM Rational Support
Developer productivity is further enhanced using IBM Rational Application Developer. If developers use Rational Application Developer tools, they must obtain compatible versions of both Rational Application Developer and WebSphere Application Server Version 8.0 Beta from the following location: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rad/
WebSphere Application Server for z/OS is available with this release. The product offers support for distributed, IBM i and z/OS operating systems.