Thursday, August 28, 2008

Java on the iPhone? Introducing jaiPhon

We're decided to push the boundaries.

It's plain dumb to have a potential market of 5 million people worldwide wanting to develop for the damn thing, and not have a legal, viable way of doing so if they will, if they've accepted Apple's terms in the iPhone Developer Program.

So, in good ol' fashioned "if it ain't there, build it", we started building it, and we're on our way to finish it. I'm today introducing what will be a complete toolset for Java developers to write Apple-compliant, AppStore-ready applications.

Meet jaiPhon, the "Java on iPhone" development kit.

Our goals while building jaiPhon included:
  • Using the familiar Java programming language
  • Using a familiar IDE like Eclipse or Netbeans
  • Generating 100% valid and compliant iPhone applications
  • Explicitly avoiding software black boxes and developer lock-in
  • Allowing for Xcode Instruments tuneups if needed
We just started walking, and we see a long road ahead of interesting innovations before we can run. A first, functional version, will be made publicly available in late September, begginning October at most. It will be a commercial product, but will be affordable to most pockets.

It will open the amazingly new iPhone world to the Java community.

Just imagine the possibilities developing in Java for the iPhone. Imagine jaiPhon.

An updated site will come up in the next few weeks in Keep in touch!




Gilgamesh said...

This is really cool. Especially for those of us that don't have Apple hardware besides the iPhone. It does sounds like a big project for just one man.

Hugo José Pinto said...


You're absolutely right! Fortunately, we have a team a bit larger than one :) - and, we're investing heavily into having a demoable product in the next few weeks.

Thanks for your interest and keep in touch.


Carlos Sanchez said...

waiting to see a demo :)

Anonymous said...

Any news on jaiPhone ? Half of the september is gone and there are no updates on the project, which is now due in 14 days for forst release. This is not a good sign...

Anonymous said...

I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Jaiphon. Any chance we can get an update?

I know complex software projects tend to run late, but I wanted to point out that still mentions september?

JockM said...

OK We are now in the last third of October and there hasn't been an update. Can you please just acknowledge that things are running behind?

Silence is more disheartening than saying you are late

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Unknown said...

Well java is very preffered platform form for iphone application development and for other kind of mobile application development.Well jaiphone will be really the great one for application development.

iPhone app developers

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