StackMob, a startup trying to make mobile app development easier, has tied up with Heroku, another startup which is trying to make software development easier. Both StackMob and Heroku has a common thread of cloud and Ruby. Heroku and StackMob offer a choice of programming languages including Ruby, Python and Java.
Earlier today, Heroku has added support for Java programming language making it the hottest software development platform ever.
Heroku and StackMob are trying to solve a very important challenge of software development : infrastructure and the nuisance associated with it. Everyone who was remotely involved in software development will know that writing the code is a job half done. The other half involves, quality check, packaging and deploying. These are the activities many developer dislike.
Heroku is taking care of the infrastructure needs associated with packaging, hosting and deploying the apps to the production environment. There is no moving from environment to environment and dealing with the hardware differences across environments. This gives developers greater flexibility, saves a lot of time and also a thinking time to write killer apps. If Heroku has its way, it has the potential to turn the expensive application servers to legacy boxes, giving greater operational efficiency to organizations.
Mobile app development is no different. StackMob is trying to solve that problem in a selective manner by providing mobile backend services. It is in a closed beta now and Heroku users will get instant access to StackMob. Its API support iOS development with future plans to add Android development. If you are a developer, you should try StackMob for your iOS needs.
StackMob’s partnership with Heroku could mean only one thing : An explosion of mobile apps. Hopefully some killer ones too. Bring in HTML 5 and we will see mobile app porn.