Adobe ships PhoneGap Build to simplify cross-platform development

PhoneGap Build takes some of the pain out of cross-platform development by allowing apps to be compiled in the cloud

Adobe Systems has launched PhoneGap Build, a service that aims to make it easier to develop cross-platform mobile applications by allowing them to be compiled in the cloud, the company said on Monday.

The PhoneGap platform, which Adobe acquired last October, allows developers to create applications using Web standards such as HTML5, CSS and JavaScript that can run natively on most mobile operating systems including Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

"PhoneGap is great in that you can write your code once and then run the application on all the devices," said Ben Forta, director of developer relations at Adobe.

However, the configuration and management process needed for that to work makes the development process painful, according to Forta.

But PhoneGap Build aims to change that by moving the whole process of compiling an application to the cloud. Instead of having to configure separate developing environments, and keep them up to date, developers can now upload their code to PhoneGap Build, which returns ready to run applications for the targeted operating systems

"We have dramatically simplified the development process," said Forta.

PhoneGap Build has been beta tested for about a year and a half, during which work has been done to make it more developer friendly, including simplifying the debug process, according to Forta.

It is available through Adobe's Creative Cloud starting today. The Creative Cloud went online earlier this year, and also includes applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver.

The package costs US$49.99 per month when signing a year-long subscription and US$74 per month without a contract, according to Adobe.

There is also an introductory offer of $29.99 per month available to PhoneGap beta testers for a limited time. PhoneGap Build is also available separately for $9.99 per month, and in a free version for one private app and an unlimited number of open-source applications.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?