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DustinT
Apr 23, 2011, 08:19 AM
First, I'm sorry this is in the wrong forum. I looked around a bit and couldn't find anything directly related and guess the Mac Pro forum would be a good place to start. If this thread needs to be moved thats just fine.

I'm about to jump on the bandwagon and start a development project. What I'm looking for is a simple development platform that will help me to simply develop the project and use it on as a web application, iphone and android app, and ideally to have a desktop version for pc and mac. File storage would be through Amazon.

I'm willing to tackle a project but I think its best to start with the right tools. Any tips?



nanofrog
Apr 23, 2011, 02:32 PM
Are you looking for a recommendation on a computer for your needs or software tools (or both)? :confused:

chown33
Apr 23, 2011, 03:37 PM
I'm about to jump on the bandwagon and start a development project. What I'm looking for is a simple development platform that will help me to simply develop the project and use it on as a web application, iphone and android app, and ideally to have a desktop version for pc and mac. File storage would be through Amazon.

I'm willing to tackle a project but I think its best to start with the right tools. Any tips?

I think it's best if you explain where you're coming from, so we have a context for deciding what the right tools might be.

1. Describe your skills and resources, such as what programming languages you know, what kind of programs you've written, what computer you intend to develop on, etc.

2. Describe exactly what you mean by "a simple development platform".
The simplest development platform would probably be the 'make' command and a capable text editor. If you don't know what 'make' is, then that's probably not viable, hence the need for us to know what you mean by "simple".


Perhaps one of the following will be what you're looking for:

PhoneGap - build apps in HTML + JS
http://www.phonegap.com/

An example iPad app made using PhoneGap
http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/11/introducing-the-ars-technica-reader-for-ipad.ars

QuickConnect - similar to PhoneGap
http://www.quickconnectfamily.org/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/quickconnect/

Sencha - HTML5, Javascript, CSS
http://www.sencha.com/

An example of HTML5 "offline" iPhone app:
http://sixrevisions.com/web-development/html5-iphone-app/