Mobile app specialists Rhomobile have launched version 3.0 of Rhodes, an open source, Ruby-based framework for creating cross-platform mobile applications. The new toolkit features support the Windows Phone 7 platform and for NFC (near-field communications), a short-range wireless technology that acts as the foundation for mobile monetary transaction systems.
Android is the first platform to utilize NFC, but Rhodes will extend support to other operating systems as they become available. Rhodes has enabled read/write support for NFC, so devices can read information from NFC tags and write information to them. And through it's unified API, it will work across platforms that are NFC-compatible.
The big new feature in Rhodes 3.0 is the support for Windows Phone 7 app deployment. Rhodes has now become the first non-Microsoft framework to support WP7.
Rhodes 3.0 will also be the first third-party framework that features support for Windows Phone 7. It enables developers to create native WP7 code utilizing HTML5 for interfaces. This simplifies the process of coding for Windows Phone 7 and it's perfect if you're interested in cross-platform code-sharing.
RhoStudio, the IDE for Rhodes, has been updated as well, so developers can change code and quickly and change the app without the hassle of a full rebuild. There's also RhoStimulator, a tool that provides a device-independent emulator without requiring the installion of the underlying OS SDK.
Click here for the latest update of Rhodes and other tools from Rhomobile.