WidgetPad launches open-source environment for iPhone widgets

Collaborative developer environments provider WidgetPad announced the introduction of WidgetPad for iPhone, promising developers an open-source environment to create native applications via standard web technologies including HTML 5, CSS3 and JavaScript. The SaaS solution features source code editing with syntax highlighting, uploading of various resources (image, sound and other JavaScript and CSS files) and project management, and secure cross-domain scripting. According to WidgetPad, programmers also can create mash-up applications with existing web services accessing web-service APIs over the domain boundary. Once an application is completed, developers may preview their work on a PC or Mac browser.

The basic version of WidgetPad for iPhone allows developers to distribute their applications to iPhone users for free via generic WidgetPad client--the source code of those "public" applications is automatically shared among other programmers (MIT license) to forge a collaborative environment for the developer community. Later this year, WidgetPad will introduce a premium edition for "private" projects, enabling coders to distribute stand-alone applications through the App Store. In addition, upcoming versions of WidgetPad will enable developers to seamlessly port their applications to other smartphone platforms like Palm's webOS and Research In Motion's BlackBerry.

For more on WidgetPad for iPhone:
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