Smart Mobile Studio For Business
This is a topic which surfaces from time to time. I completely understand that people whole are new to Smart Mobile Studio, people who havent had time to get into the whole HTML5 “shift” in technology that has occurred for the past 6 years have to ask. And I am very happy to answer such questions, it’s why we made the product to begin with – to help Delphi and Lazarus developers preserve their hard-earned knowledge and use their skillset on a new and exciting platform: namely HTML5 and the cloud.
So is Smart Mobile Studio up for the challenge of business apps? Let’s have a look.
While we have several customers who use and work exclusively with Smart Mobile Studio as their primary development platform, the first and most obvious example for me has to be StarSoft. StarSoft OY is a company from Finland, one of Norway’s neighbours (The Smart Company is Norwegian). One of its developers is Jarto Tarpio which I have had the good fortune of talking with on several occasions. I must admit that Jarto is not an average programmer, his insight into both Delphi and Smart Mobile Studio and the speed at which he adopted the technology demonstrates that he has a solid grasp of both native and virtual environments. So as far as case studies goes, Jarto cannot be called a complete beginner.
StarSoft has produced their latest application, simply called Wilma, written from scratch in Smart Mobile Studio. It’s an application which targets the Finnish school system, and can be downloaded from Google Store and Apple Appstore. The application has around 100.000 downloads and is a good example of what can be achieved using Smart Mobile Studio alone.
You can view the application here (Google AppStore)
In Jarto’s own words “When it comes to feedback, we’ve got a lot of good feedback, but there are also a lot of 1-ratings from kids who hate going to school” which is to be anticipated I guess for an app that empowers teachers and parents with access to the public school system, with real-time messaging if someone has skipped class among the features 🙂
Jarto was nice enough to write a few words in response to a Facebook debate, here is a verbatim copy of his reply about Smart Mobile Studio:
“let me tell my reasons for going with SMS instead of Delphi when it came to mobile apps: I didn’t like Delphi’s slow compiler in mobile development. I also fought a long time to get Delphi to recognize my Android device to be able to debug on it – and failed. I didn’t like the way everything needed to be set up for iOS development. SMS was a lot simpler and faster. I also noticed, that app speeds were about the same, so there was no clear advantage of using Delphi compared to SMS. I also did a test of filling a TListBox with a 1k lines on Delphi and noticed that it took a lot of time on Android, so I figured that I needed to write my own listboxes no matter which tool I used. And the last reason is my goal of using the same codebase for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. We already do use 100% same source code with SMS on iOS and Android, but haven’t started to use it on Windows Phone yet. The app itself has about 100k total downloads. There have been problems with really old Android phones, but otherwise it has worked well. When it comes to feedback, we’ve got a lot of good feedback, but there are also a lot of 1-ratings from kids who hate going to school” -Source: Jarto Tarpio, StarSoft OY
Below are some snapshots from Google Store. As you can see Jarto and the team at StarSoft have used Smart Mobile Studio exactly as it was supposed to be used. With a rich CSS style made for the app, custom controls written and adapted for the solution and focus on code which delivers on all platforms. The application is available for both Android and iOS from the same codebase with a Microsoft Phone version in the pipeline.