St. Albans, United Kingdom — December 12, 2012 — LongRange, the only native mobile application builder for the IBM i, garnered significant attention at the "App-i-Days Mobile Application Showcase" held during the National iSystems User Group 2012 International Power Conference held in London on the 8th November. Showcase participants from around the world took part in a live “‘data challenge,” where vendors demonstrated their ability to read data from an IBM i DB2 database, and then display and further enrich the data on Smartphone and tablet devices.
LongRange apps written using RPG can be deployed on both Apple and Android mobile devices from a single code-base. There is no compromise in the user experience because the apps are native. The framework automatically handles optimal rendering for different screen sizes and orientation, something that can be frustrating to accommodate with web-only solutions. Support for integration with device-side apps and services like GPS, Camera, SMS, Phone, Calendar and eMail are all fully integrated with over 80 useful programming examples shipped with the product.
In addition to the showcase, LANSA’s CEO Martin Fincham presented a popular session on ‘Mobile Development Options’ that compared and contrasted the differences between Web, Hybrid and Native apps. This topic was clearly top-of-mind for many delegates, as the session quickly became standing room only. This and other conference sessions are available for download from the NiSUG web site: http://bit.ly/RGnNEe.
LongRange is available for download on a free 45-day trial from www.longrangemobile.com or visit the Apple App Store or Google Play for more information. LongRange University is the on-line resource for IBM i developers wanting to learn and practice mobile development skills. Enroll for free at www.longrangeuniv.com.