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Rhomobile's Mobile Development Service (in the Cloud) Reaches 2.0

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Rhomobile's Mobile Development Service (in the Cloud) Reaches 2.0

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Rhomobile, the company that produces the open source Rhodes platform, released the 2.0 version of its commercial (but quite cheap) SaaS platform for developing native mobile applications.  These applications can be built for iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Android.  The recent relaxing of the iOS's SDK rules is good news for Rhomobile because they can now confirm that applications created with their tools will be allowed on the platform.

Rhomobile offers the MIT licensed Rhodes platform as a free download.  Rhodes can be used by developers to write Ruby applications that have a 'close to native' look and feel.  The tools can access many features of various smartphones including camera, geolocation and push SDKs.  Rhodes uses an MVC framework with an ORM to handle database access.  This platform provides the basis for Rhomobile's other commercial offerings.


RhoHub allows applications to be hosted on Heroku's drop-in cloud platform.  Version 2.0 lets developers use the editor or IDE of their choice.   Both Ruby and HTML development are supported.  RhoHub also has built-in version control, quality-of-service guarantees, and support for another Rhomobile service, RhoSync 2.0.  

The RhoSync server enables offline data synchronization for the users of your applications.  The price starts at $5k for a single app with 100 users.  The RhoHub service is much cheaper, with a price of $49 per month.  That includes the ability to synchronize up to ten devices. 

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