Rhomobile has released version 2.0 of Rhodes. The smartphone application development framework is open source available under the MIT license.
With Rhodes 2.0, developers can build native applications for all major smartphones include iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian and the iPad.
Rhodes 2.0 also provides a “metadata framework.”
“The metadata framework allows mobile apps to communicate with backend enterprise systems that have changing schemas. Developers can change a field or attribute in the back-end enterprise application and the change is reflected immediately on the application running on the device. For example, developers can write a CRM app with Rhodes that handles the backend CRM app adding a field such as ‘mobile phone number’ to the definition of a CRM contact. Resyncing from the app would show customer information with the new field,” according to the press release.
Koombea Founder and CEO Jonathan Tarud said, “Rhodes 2.0’s native mapping capabilities allow us to easily create powerful location-based apps with contextual user interfaces. And since Rhodes is a cross-platform framework, it allows us to create apps for all leading smartphones with one set of code, providing quick development and easy application maintenance.”