The past two years has been eventful for webOS. From a promising start in 2009, webOS has seen pretty much a roller coaster ride which now might come to an end, unfortunately, on the descent. While we await Meg Whitman’s decision on the fate of webOS promised for “early December”, developers need to think hard on what their options are.
My 30+ or so apps for webOS (mostly medical webOS apps ) were developed using Ares which is a great browser based, graphical app development platform. Ares hasn’t been updated to support the new Enyo webOS framework for tablets so Ares users are stuck with Mojo.
NSBasic’s flagship product is NSBApp Studio . It’s basically a development platform which allows you to create web apps which run in your mobile device’s browser. The key features of NSBApp Studio:
Develop on Windows
Target iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and more
Fully featured, structured BASIC
Subset of Microsoft Visual BASIC, with mobile device extensions.
PayPal and Adsense support
Use Geolocation and Google Maps
Supports HTML5 features
Royalty free distribution
Here’s a sample video demonstrating the NSBApp studio development IDE:
I have started porting my medical apps developed for webOS to NSBApp. The beauty is that these web apps will run in iOS, Android, Blackberry and even webOS. They will even run on Chrome and Safari Desktop browsers though they will appear small since they are scaled to run on mobile devices. Although they are web apps, if you save the apps as a short cut on your smartphone’s home screen, they will run offline like a regular app. This is how to do so in the iPhone (and it’s pretty similar for Android):
The general medical apps (those found in MediPDA) will be located in http://medwebapp.com and the haematology/oncology apps (equivalent to the old Haemoncrules) in http://oncopda.com . I haven’t moved everything yet so bear with me while the migration process proceeds. New apps will also be pushed to these sites and if you have any requests feel free to email me . I hope to share some of my NSBApp Studio coding experience here in this blog. If you would like to try out NSBApp Studio, there is a free demo