Today’s the big day: the Palm® Pre™ has launched.
We’ve been happy to be partner with Palm and we’ve been working very hard towards this day.
We are happy to have several applications in the App Catalog:
When the Mojo™ SDK is publicly available, we will be releasing various open-source tools to aid development:
- Jasmine: BDD testing framework
- Pockets: various libraries and utilities for Palm webOS development
As we’ve been working on applications for the Palm Pre, lots of people have been asking us a lot of questions, most of which we couldn’t really answer yet.
One of the big areas people asked about was what the phone was like. And we just weren’t allowed to say that much to date. But with the launch only two days away, the press has been given a look at the phone, and the response has been overwhelming. And I’m not talking about the Palm trade press, but folks who have been pretty hard to impress, including some big fans of Apple products for years, people like David Pogue, and Walter Mossberg.
So I thought I’d share with you some of the recent articles:
We’re excited to see such leading journalists in the tech space share our enthusiasm for this great new platform. We’re ready to build more great apps for the platform, too, so if you’re interested in how we can help, give us a shout.
I had a great conversation with Darryl Taft at eWeek last Friday about our experience developing for webOS. Much of of our conversation is in his article: Why Some Developers Think the Palm Pre Could Upstage the iPhone.
Ian McFarland and I did an interview with John Cox of Network World for his recent article on Palm’s webOS.
You can read the article at:
Ian McFarland and I spoke to Priya Ganapati of Wired this morning about the Palm Pre, webOS and Mojo Application Framework. It was a follow-on interview to Mitch Allen’s Webcast this morning. (Check http://developer.palm.com for the webcast; it will be posted soon.)
Check out the Wired blog post at:
Tim Carroll at Palm Infocenter recently spoke with Chris Sepulveda, our VP of Business Development, to ask some questions about the developer experience working with Palm’s new platform.
The interview (http://www.palminfocenter.com/news/9688/webos-developer-interview-with-pivotal-labs/) provides some early glimpses of the new platform, and puts it into context in the wider mobile space.
Palm shook up the mobile world at CES 2009 when they announced the Palm® Prē™ and webOS™. And while webOS™ defines new possibilities for the mobile experience, it is the possibilities for the developer that sold us and led us to pursue a partnership with Palm.
You can create a great application with many platforms, but it can be far from easy for the developer; at times I swear I hear circus music as I jump through an endless array of hoops, in an effort to build my application.
The Mojo Application Framework is built for the developer, just as a BMW is built for the driver. (Not that the passengers get a bad deal either.) Most mobile platforms frustrate me as they seem like the state of the art in desktop development circa the 1990′s. With Mojo, the development experience is more like using Rails or Django and less like using C++.
Pivotal plans to bring our practices to developing with the Mojo framework, such as Continuous Integration, and Test/Behavior Driven Development. Expect to see a variety of open source tools from us to support these efforts.
Gizmodo’s Brian Lam recently wrote, “Palm dropped their new smartphone and their new operating system on us, and it is maybe the most interesting phone I have seen this decade.” Though the Palm Pre definitely evokes intense gadget lust, webOS and the Mojo Application Framework combine as one of the most interesting development platforms that I have seen in some time.