I've blogged about building native mobile device applications using a Web technology-based framework such as PhoneGap from Nitobi in the past. When I first wrote about the open source PhoneGap project in March 2009, I concluded: "If I worked at RIM, I'd take a trip out to Vancouver to talk to the Nitobi dudes. This framework is exactly what RIM needs to counter the trend of developers targeting the iPhone/iPod as the premier environment for mobile device applications."
Fast-forward seven months and RIM announces a beta of the BlackBerry Widget SDK that:
[ In InfoWorld's Test Center, Peter Wayner discusses PhoneGap and other iPhone development tools and details his rejection at the hands of the iPhone App Store. ]
Wow, sounds like an enhanced PhoneGap tuned for BlackBerry applications. With fingers crossed, I pinged Andre and Dave to ask if RIM was using PhoneGap for this SDK. I'd scoured the BlackBerry Widget SDK website and knew the answer before Dave and Andre replied "nope."