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Moodle to switch to HTML5 for cross-platform mobile support

This post first appeared on the LINE blog on 1st August 2012.

Moodle are the latest organisation to adopt HTML5 for cross-platform deployment, claiming that native app development was “not moving fast enough and not serving their community”.

According to founding Moodle developer, Martin Dougiamas, the switch to HTML5 represents Moodle “building up community effort around a cross-platform mobile client will far outweigh that and sets us up better for the long term”.

While Dougiamas has noted a small reduction in smoothness and speed in the switch to HTML5, the “greater participation from Moodle’s developer community” more than outweighs any minor performance issues.

Moodle will continue to support the iOS version of the mobile app and will continue functioning “for a long time yet.” Moodle HQ has released the Objective-C code for the iOS app under a GPL license to allow independent developers to continue to build their own apps.

The Android version was never completed.

The new HTML5 mobile app will be released under a GPL license and is expected to be available around the end of the year, about the same time as the anticipated release date for Moodle 2.4.

http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=206736

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