Why open-source?
June 4th, 2010 by Eugene Ostroukhov

The first questions developers ask about out new Mobile Web IDE is “why do we need another solution?” This question is really justified provided there are already several established alternatives in all shapes and sizes.

Our answer is that we wanted to have a completely open-sourced tools – and that leads to another question. “Why should we (as users) care?” Now that open-source is not that much of a buzz-word it used to be most users don’t really care if they can see the source code – they are more concerned with usability and ROI. This is what we hope to achieve with our project:

  1. Single all-in-one download for every platform. All you need to install our IDE is to download ZIP file for your platform and to unzip it anywhere on your filesystem.
  2. Use latest-and-greatest upstream projects available from the community. We use JSDT for JavaScript editing, Chrome Java SDK for debugging, W3C CSS validator for validation.
  3. Use our codebase for an effort to provide a reference IDE for mobile web development. We want to contribute our project to serve as a basis forĀ Eclipse project that will foster development of similar IDEs for different runtimes. Currently all major mobile platforms provide a way to create and deploy applications using web technologies. Until this point there was a separate IDE for each platform and we hope our project will encourage cooperation and ultimately result in better tools and consistent user experience.

We have a lot of plans that should justify having “yet another” Mobile Web IDEĀ even more:

  1. Support other mobile APIs. Currently we are working on out-of-box PhoneGap support but we will also consider other APIs and runtimes.
  2. Improve preview and simulation. We are working on support for more sensors and mobile APIs.
  3. Streamline UI.

So we encourage you to give the IDE a try. You can post your comments and suggestions to our forum. We would be grateful for any bug reports posted to our bugtracker.

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