Hey Mobile and Eclipse Enthusiasts,

As the Blinki mobile project gains steam with more contributions and excitement grows about the mobile possibilities that will be available to software developers, we wanted to keep you up to date and let you know that the Eclipse Foundation is now equipping the network to provide the necessary services to support Blinki’s growth.

As part of that process a new newsgroup has been formed that replaces the proposal–phase eclipse.firefly newsgroup.

Please find the new Blinki newsgroup here: http://www.eclipse.org/newsportal/thread.php?group=eclipse.blinki

If you have any questions feel free to leave us a comment, we’ll get back to you.

Thanks and have a great day.

If you are attending EclipseCon ’09 mark your calendar for the following mobile web events:

The BOF “The Eclipse Blinki (FireFly) Project and the Future of the Mobile Web“.

An overview presentation by Wayne Parrott of the new Blinki mobile web project and a demo of some WebKit based mobile web developer tools.

Stop by the Genuitec vendor booth for some one-on-one discussions with the Blinki team about how we plan to use WebKit as a platform and some demos of on-going work.

The FireFly project has been renamed “Blinki.”

The creation review is set for March 18th (in just a few days), so take a peek.

All feedback/conversation is appreciated in the newsgroup.

The initial bits of what will eventually be part of the Eclipse Blinki (formerly FireFly) project have been released by Genuitec. The current release is the WebKit for SWT component that future releases will be based upon.

Acid3 test at 100% and a sample Flash Web site by Rush.

What is it?
WebKit for SWT (ver. 0.5) is an embeddable Java™ WebKit browser component developed by Genuitec. This component can be used in the development of a wide range of Java SWT applications that require integration of rich HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and Flash content and functionality.

WebKit for SWT is being developed to serve as a technology platform for our OSS mobile web initiative, Eclipse Blinki Mobile Web DevKit and in the research of a new generation of network-based developer tools.

download WebKit for SWT
You’ll be taken to the genuitec.com portal for download

The initial bits are available for Windows only, with more details available in the .zip file download. The install requires Java6.

The Eclipse Foundation is going mobile.

Genuitec’s proposed project, Blinki (formerly FireFly), has received the go-ahead from the Foundation and in the coming months will explore creating rich Internet applications (RIAs) for the mobile Web.

Blinki will be part of the Device Software Development Platform (DSDP) project and is currently slated to release with Eclipse 3.5. Users can expect to see the following applications in the proposed Blinki dev kit:

  • previewer
  • debugger
  • Web rendering kit
  • device service access framework
  • deployment framework
  • educational resources

The massive adoption of smart phones such as the iPhone has led nearly all players in the tech space to start developing for mobile devices (the project will include development tools and examples for the iPhone and G1 phone). This trend could be foreshadowing a change that could likely be larger than Web 2.0, as “phones” are becoming more accessible and prominent than laptops.

Read the entire proposal here.

Allison, Genuitec, LLC