Rhodes is an open source Ruby-based framework to rapidly build native apps for all major smartphone operating systems (iPhone, Android, RIM, Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7). These are true native device applications (NOT mobile web apps) which work with synchronized local data and take advantage of device capabilities such as GPS, PIM contacts and calendar, camera, native mapping, push, barcode, signature capture, Bluetooth and Near Field Communications (NFC).
Rhodes is open source under the MIT License. Most organizations building real production apps require some level of commercial grade support. For that we offer the Rhodes Enterprise License. Please contact sales for details.
|Rhodes||Legacy Providers||Me-Too Frameworks|
|Supports ALL major smartphones||Yes||No||No|
|Model View Controller||Yes||No||No|
|App Store Accepts||Yes||No||Yes|
|HTML 5 Support||Yes||No||Yes|
|Offline Data Sychronization|
|Uses Native Push APIs||Yes||No||No|
|Hosted SaaS Option||Yes||No||No|
|Development Environment OS Support|
|Windows||Yes||Yes||Yes (no iPhone)|
|Linux||Yes||No||Yes (no iPhone)|
If you have Ruby installed you can install the latest version of Rhodes with:
gem install rhodes
The Rhodes tutorial has step by step instructions on installing Rhodes and building an app.
An easy way to try both Rhodes and RhoSync is to sign up for a free RhoHub account.
Given that you have Ruby installed, you can install Rhodes for free as simply: “gem install rhodes”. Full instructions on how to install and build your first app are in our tutorial. All Rhodes source is available realtime on GitHub.
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