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Posted at 10:12am on 23 Oct 2008


PhoneGap - an application container for building webapps for the iPhone that can access features of the native Cocoa APIs

Looks fantastic, but I worry that it violates Apple's "no virtual machines" policy.

Flash and Java are both banned on the iPhone because they would allow a backdoor through which developers could bypass the App Store and deliver applications without Apple's consent.

Obviously the iPhone already supports web apps through the browser, but exposing the Cocoa APIs through JavaScript seems to me like it's circumventing the spirit of the rules if not the letter, and Apple have a tendency to ditch such applications without warning.

Definitely worth a look, but be wary of investing a lot of effort into a PhoneGap app for the time being.