As the name signifies, cross-platform technology refers to developing a single Mobile Technology that can successfully run on multiple operating systems. Since we have smartphones with various operating systems like Apple iOS, Google Android, Microsoft Windows, developers constantly strive towards building common technologies to optimize their work and derive cost-effectiveness. The major emphasis lies on the code written and its compatibility with the platform.
The Vision of JUniversal
Microsoft has proposed Java as a Cross-Platform Development language for creating the most compatible code that will be effective and error-free on Android and iOS. We have recently learned about a new Java-based approach to creating Cross-Platform Mobile Apps, i.e. JUniversal. Besides using it on multiple platforms, you can extend the existing technology and reuse the already written code across different operating systems.
JUniversal has been developed with the goal to provide a multi-purpose tool to translate source code and make it suitable to use on various platforms simultaneously without fail. It is interesting to note that JUniversal also allows developers to write shared code in Java and translate it to C# (currently available) or to C++/Objective C++ (yet to come). You can also merge JUniversal with Google’s j2objc translator to translate Java to Objective-C for iOS.
JUniversal consists of a library known as JSimple providing cross-platform versions of APIs for non-UIS used by most mobile applications. JSON, JUNIT, File and Network I/O operations, Collections –Hasmmap, Arraylist are a few to mention. The primary design tool of Juniversal aims at preserving comments and formatting and producing translated source similar to the human-written code that the developers would write. All the functions and tools work in the same way and thus, the code can combine with the core code, and there is no discrepancy in the language. Writing the code in native technology gives the benefit of easy debugging as well as translating unit tests.
Moving on to the cross-platform technology spectrum, JUniversal is the most featherweight and natural-like approach due to the use of inborn programming language through native tools like compiler, debugger, UI design, etc. This can create truly native mobile apps for both Android and iOS. Remember that, JUniversal is not proposed as a single tool to perform various operations, but is an excellent code methodology.
From a developer’s aspect, you will be spending much of your time in your favorite Java IDE, performing Android specific development and getting the shared code debugged there only. In this case, you can certainly choose Xcodeor Visual Studio to invest relatively lesser time in writing and debugging the Android, Windows and iOS specific code.
As there is always a scope for improvement, JUniversal is open to incorporating anything different in the APIs, Java collection class enhancements are still in their design phase, and there are many functionalities yet to come.
If you are a Mobile App Developer, dive into the world of cross-platform technology and bring something more effective and efficient to the plate.
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