Shortly after introducing Mirah support for Codename One , Steve is back with something that is arguably even more impressive. Over the weekend Steve released a tool called CN1ML which is an HTML subset markup language that allows you to effectively build Codename One UI's with HTML. This isn't another embedded webbrowser or HTMLComponent, this is a tool that statically translates HTML syntax into Codename One components. The benefit here is that you can keep all the advantages of using Codename One widgets (portability, performance, customizability etc.) with the HTML like syntax. When we were at Sun, our manager Yoav Barel was heavily on our case for building exactly that and we effectively convinced him that its not feasible to do this since its too much work. I guess we should have known about Steve back then! I think this is a very interesting idea and direction, one of the things I'd really like to see here is proper box model spanning behavior (float etc.) which is very tricky to do in Codename One today. Amazingly this is also very tricky to do natively in iOS/Android so we are all on the same boat...
We are here in the lovely city of San Francisco and having a blast, we have a pretty amazing announcement to make but until the contract is signed we'll keep that low key. I'll do a more detailed report on the complete trip, the parties and the booth but for now I'll leave you with a few pictures I grabbed and some tags.
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Shai is the co-founder of Codename One. He's been a professional programmer for over 25 years. During that time he has worked with dozens of companies including Sun Microsystems. For more follow Shai on Twitter & github.