You can check out the full announcement here, but a few of the key enhancements include:
- Integrated testing tools that enable developers to incorporate on-demand or automatic testing into the development lifecycle of their app, rather than having to install separate device-specific testing tools or simulators.
- Offline synchronization capabilities – including guaranteed transaction delivery and auditing – to apps developed simply by selecting those capabilities from a library of pre-built application components.
- An updated component library that includes a comprehensive range of plug-and-play user interface controls, which work in tandem with Antenna’s patented device database to ensure that apps incorporating the controls are rendered optimally on over 11,000 different devices, from feature phones to tablets.
- Developers can also now design their own controls and add them to the suite’s library of pre-built components, enabling their colleagues to have access to them – accelerating the development process. App developers also have the ability to share code with one another on a more informal and collaborative basis via the AMP Builder interface.
The big benefit here are that not only does it speed the process of mobile app development, but in a way that’s ideal for enterprise developers. Lately the mobile market has been flooded with offerings to allow developers to quickly build mobile app prototypes, but what’s been lacking is a full understanding of what it really takes to make those prototypes enterprise-ready and portable across different mobile platforms, which is important for the large organizations. Security, reliability, and portability are non-negotiable notions for many enterprises, and as the growing BYOD trend continues to increase the number of phone and tablet platforms that must be addressed, cross-platform functionality is becoming yet another must-have. And many of these quick-build solutions don’t account for ALL of these factors. Conversely, AMPchroma’s AMP Builder lets developers build applications quickly and easily with the same skills they use with other open standard toolkits, while addressing the significant difference between generating a prototype app in a few days and creating a real, enterprise-ready, portable app in that same amount of time.