Oracle has updated its mobile development toolkit, giving coders a relatively simple way to deploy Java-based enterprise apps to iPhones and iPads, as well as Android devices.
iOS does not naturally run Java apps, whereas Android apps are often written in the language. A month ago, Google released a tool for converting Java source code into iOS-friendly Objective C, as a way of helping developers code for both platforms at once.
However, Oracle's updated Application Development Framework (ADF) Mobile extension — unveiled on Monday — uses a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to support the write-once-for-multiple-platforms concept.
"Oracle ADF Mobile is tightly integrated with the Oracle Fusion Middleware product portfolio, supports Oracle Fusion Applications, and can easily integrate non-Oracle-based applications," Oracle application development tools chief Chris Tonas said in a statement.
ADF Mobile uses the same declarative programming model as Oracle's standard application development framework, and the company says this should speed up development.