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Embarcadero unifies iOS and Android development within a single tool

Joab Jackson | March 18, 2014
With a new integrated development environment (IDE), Embarcadero Technologies is hoping to ease the burden of application developers who must prepare their creations for more than one operating system (OS).

The package includes enterprise database connectors for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2 and Informix. It also includes over 100 user interface controls, such as buttons, list views, and tab management.

To help apps exchange data with external sources, Appmethod recognizes SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), REST (Representational State Transfer) and JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) protocols, as well as the App42, Kinvey and Parse third-party API (Application Protocol Interface) services.

Embarcadero also offers a set of paid middleware services that can be used in conjunction with apps built with Appmethod. Enterprise Mobility Services can offer caching, in-memory data management, and basic data analysis.

To date, Embarcadero has been most well known for its software and database development tools, though the company also offers tools for system modeling as well.

The company's first product, released in 1993, was a cross-platform SQL IDE, called Rapid SQL. It is also known for its Delphi IDE for Object Pascal, both of which it acquired, along with the C++Builder IDE, from Borland Software in 2007.

Individual developers can purchase Appmethod for US$299 per year per platform. The enterprise version of Appmethod costs $999 per year, per developer, per platform. A free version of Appmethod is also available for personal use, for development on the Android platform. Additional Enterprise Mobility Services pricing is based on the number of devices that use the services.

 

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