A colleague flagged up Trigger as an interesting development platform for creating native Android and iOS apps with HTML5, as you can apparently access real native User Interface components, rather than “faking” them with disguised web components.
Well worth a play, I thought, and also of interest is their pricing structure. It’s a similarish model to Heroku, where it’s free to create a basic application, and then when you need more resources, you add them and pay for them. But the resources in question for the professional plans are phone support, training and plugins.
I wish that Acquia, the Drupal CMS service providers, offered a similar free starter pack. But instead, their pricing starts at $165 a month, which I don’t think will entice new developers onto the platform.
Postscript: after signing up for Trigger, I received a personalised email from a co-founder. Nice touch. I replied to it, and then he replied, welcoming me on board. Even nicer touch :)