Intel Wants to Simplify Development Across Platforms

Intel Wants to Simplify Development Across Platforms

Developers today are faced with the challenge to deliver software products in multiple operating platforms as users are increasingly varied in the type of operating systems they use (Android, iOS, Windows) and the variety of devices (laptops, tablets, mobile). This complicates matters for developers as they will be spending more and more time porting their codes to make them work on various operating systems while ensuring that they each provide the same level of experience expected on all different devices of varying screen sizes. 

At the keynote earlier today, Renée James, senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group at Intel Corporation, shared her vision for transparent computing. This concept is based on an open development ecosystem where software developers write a single code base that will run across multiple environments and devices. 

Intel believes that such an environment exists today and it's HTML5. Although not the ultimate development platform to solve all of developer's challenges, HTML5 does provide developers with a reasonable platform to build apps once and run on many platforms. Intel admits there were numerous issues with HTML5 in addition to performance issues, but they have pledged their commitment to ensure its development accelerates and performance to improve. 

To reinforce Intel's commitment to HTML5 and JavaScript, Intel announced that Mozilla, in collaboration with Intel, is working on a native implementation of River Trail technology. Essentially, River Trail technology is an extension that leverages multiple CPU cores and vector instructions in multi-core Intel processors. Using River Trail technology, one can achieve significant speedup through parallelism over sequential JavaScript performance we have today. It is available now for download as a plug-in and will become native in Firefox browsers in 2013. See video below for the demo.

Apart from Intel's commitment to HTML5, James also announced the Intel Developer Zone, a program designed to provide developers and businesses with a single point of access to tools, communities and resources. Development resources offered include software tools, training, developer guides, sample code and support. In the fourth quarter of this year, Intel Developer Zone will introduce an HTML5 Developer Zone focused on cross-platform apps, guiding developers through actual deployments of HTML5 apps on Apple iOS, Google Android, Microsoft Windows and Tizen.

Users on Intel Developer Zone will also have access to business resources, opening them to software distribution and sales opportunities via the Intel AppUp center and co-marketing resources. Developers can submit and publish apps to multiple Intel AppUp center affiliate stores for Ultrabook devices, tablets and desktop systems. But on top of all that, Intel wants to build an active developer community within the zone, so that knowledge could be shared and help rendered to those who want to develop and market great apps.


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