MooTools Moobile 0.1 Released

Moobile is a mobile web application framework built on MooTools. Itfocuses on building mobile apps that behave as close as possible totheir native counterparts, either on a mobile browser or on a webviewwrapper such as Phonegap.

Moobile is also meant to be extended. I believe one of the strengthsof a mobile web app is the ease of creating something entirelydifferent. Moobile helps in this area by providing a structure as wellas controls, view and controllers that can be easily extended to suityour needs.

Moobile relies on external stylesheets for presentation andanimations which makes it easy to customize. Rules that should not bechanged are marked with an /* Important */ comment. Following these notes will make your app less likely to break or behave strangely.

Moobile also includes a simulator which works in Google Chrome andSafari. This tool will help you develop your app faster as it will giveyou a good idea of how your app looks and behaves on different devicesand orientations. Also, it’s a lot easier to debug and profile your code on a desktop browser. The simulator, however, is not meant to replace a real mobile browser. I encourage to test your application often (andearly) in a mobile browser.

Supported platforms

Moobile currently works on Webkit-based browser and has been testedwith Safari Mobile on iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPad 2 and “the new iPad”. Thesimulator runs in both Google Chrome and Safari.

Future Plans

Apart from the usual bug fixing and performance enhancements, thenext step is to extend its supported platforms, starting with Android.I’m also looking to make Moobile work with all major browsers supporting CSS transformations, transitions and animations such as Firefox andOpera.

I also plan on improving the simulator so it can simulate multi-touch gestures much like the iOS simulator.

How to help

There’s so much to be done and so little time. If you’re interested in helping, you can contact me at jeanphilippe.dery@gmail.com and we’ll see what can be arranged.

Get it!

Grab your copy at www.moobilejs.com. The project is also hosted on github at www.github.com/jpdery .

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