J2ObjC tool ports between Android and iOS
It is highlighting the release of a tool that could help to bridge Android and iOS application development. (Note, we are talking about non-UI code here.)
“We are proud to announce the open source release of J2ObjC, a Google-authored translator that converts Java source code into Objective-C source for iPhone/iPad applications,” writes Tom Ball, a Google Engineer at its Mountain View HQ.
Neil McAllister, on The Register, writes:
The tool doesn’t claim to make writing mobile apps a completely cross-platform affair. For one thing, it only handles the back end. Developers who use it to translate their apps will still need to write new UI code in Objective-C using Apple’s iOS SDK.
Using J2ObjC, however, developers can code their core non-UI functionality in Java, then compile versions of those portions of their apps for both Android and iOS from a single code base, rather than maintaining a separate code tree for each platform.
Check out the original Google Open Source Blog post – J2ObjC: A Java to iOS Objective-C translator
For more info on the J2ObjC tool, see its project page for instructions on how to use the tool, see the source code and view the list of reported issues.