iUI (software)

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Developer(s) Joe Hewitt
Initial release July 5, 2007 (2007-07-05)
Stable release
0.4 / August 6, 2009; 8 years ago (2009-08-06)
Written in HTML, JavaScript, CSS
Operating system Android, iOS, webOS
Platform Mobile web applications
Type Web application framework
License New BSD License
Website www.iui-js.org

iUI is a lightweight open source Web application framework consisting of a JavaScript library, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and images for developing advanced mobile web applications (webapps).[1] It allows developers unfamiliar with programming languages such as Objective-C, or who don't want to build native applications using proprietary software development kits (SDKs), to use plain HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build native-looking webapps.

Originally known as iphonenav, iUI was created by Joe Hewitt[2] specifically for iPhone developers with the goal to "turn ordinary standards-based HTML into a polished, usable interface that meets the high standards set by Apple's own native iPhone apps."[3] It gave web applications running on Safari the look of a native application built with the iOS SDK.[4]

Currently, iUI supports most smartphones and tablets. Devices independently tested with the framework include: Palm Pre, HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1, HTC Magic/T-Mobile MyTouch 3G, HTC Hero/T-Mobile G2 Touch, Motorola CLIQ, Motorola Droid, Samsung Intercept, and all iOS devices.[5]

iUI has been used to develop a variety of web-applications. Notable examples include Bank of America's Mobile Site and Adelphi University's Mobile Web Application Suite AU2Go.[6]

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  1. ^ Thompson, Tom (2008-10-16). "Porting JavaScript Applications to the iPhone". Dr. Dobb's Journal. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  2. ^ "iUI name attributed to Kristopher Tate in NOTICE.txt". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  3. ^ Hewitt, Joe. "Introducing iUI". JoeHewitt.com. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  4. ^ "iPhone Native Looking Skin". 2007-07-06. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  5. ^ Adelphi University. "AU2Go Information Page". Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  6. ^ "Gallery of iUI-based Applications". Retrieved 2011-06-22. 

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