Oracle puts Java apps on iPads and iPhones

The company's updated mobile development toolkit allows coders to write once for both iOS and Android platforms, with iOS support coming through the use of a Java Virtual Machine.

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.

ADF Mobile uses a hybrid mobile architecture: according to Oracle, it offers developers "consistent cross-platform interfaces using familiar web technologies such as HTML5, JavaScript and CSS, while [allowing] deep access to native device services such as the camera, GPS, contacts, etc."

"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.

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