Ben Forta

About Ben Forta

Ben Forta is the director of developer relations at Adobe, and is responsible for the company’s evangelism, community and developer education programs. He has more than two decades of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and marketing. Ben is the author of best-selling books on ColdFusion and SQL, as well as books on Regular Expressions, Java, Windows development, and more. More than a half million Ben Forta books have been printed in English, and titles have been translated into fifteen languages. Ben frequently writes on Web and application development, and spends a considerable amount of time lecturing and speaking worldwide.

New PhoneGap Build Service Available Today

I am excited to announce the general availability of Adobe PhoneGap Build, a new service that allows developers and designers to build apps for mobile devices using standard Web technologies and package them in the cloud. PhoneGap Build is built on top of the PhoneGap framework, which is a distribution of the Apache Cordova open source project, offering new features that allow developers to compile apps faster than with any native Software Development Kit (SDK) and target all major platforms with a single codebase. Following an extensive beta testing phase, PhoneGap Build is now publicly available via Creative Cloud.

In addition to the new service, Adobe also announced that PhoneGap has become the most popular mobile app development framework with over one million downloads and 400,000 PhoneGap developers to date. The platform has emerged as a top-level open source project with major companies contributing to Apache Cordova including Google, Microsoft, HP, IBM, Intel, RIM, Nokia and others. For a PhoneGap overview, check out our new video at http://youtu.be/wOH4aGows40. More than 90,000 developers and designers have used the PhoneGap Build Beta service to compile 200,000 apps to date. Prominent apps built with PhoneGap include Wikipedia, the BBC London Olympics app, Microsoft Halo Waypoint, Zynga’s Mafia Wars Shakedown, Salesforce Hybrid Mobile SDK and Amanita Designs’ new Kooky game app. For more examples please visit http://phonegap.com/app.

PhoneGap Build removes the challenges developers face during the deployment cycle by automatically compiling apps for each major app store without having to maintain native SDKs. With the new PhoneGap Build Hydration feature, developers can take advantage of faster debug and build cycles and instantly notify testers of new versions.The “Share” function allows users to review app prototypes with colleagues and clients through a QR code that automatically installs the app. For more details visit the Phonegap Blog.

PhoneGap Build supports all major mobile platforms including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Bada, webOS and Symbian. The new service is available through Adobe Creative Cloud starting today. Available to customers in 36 countries and in multiple languages, pricing for Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on an annual membership and US$74.00 per month for month-to-month memberships. An introductory offer of US$29.99 per month is available to qualified customers for a limited time. A standalone subscription to the PhoneGap Build service is also available for $9.99 per month.

For the those of you not familiar with Creative Cloud yet: Creative Cloud is a radical rethinking of the entire creative process and an industry-defining shift in creative expression and inspiration, where members can explore, create, publish, and share their work across devices, the desktop, and the Web. Once you are a member you can download and install all of Adobe’s creative desktop applications and get access to different online services. Check out www.adobe.com/go/creativecloud for all the details.