Towards Platform Independence of Mobile Applications: Metamorphosing Android Applications for the Web

Peter Klima, Stephan Selinger

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Abstract

In the last years the number of platforms has increased dramatically - especially in the mobile sector. Developing a native mobile application for each platform is costly. There are common approaches to develop within one code base for many platforms. So-called cross-platform-tools can help developers to decrease the effort of making platform specific versions. However, most of these tools are dealing with JavaScript and therefore an existing native application, which is written in Java, C# or Objective-C can hardly be reused. This paper shows an automated conversion of platform specific Android applications to platform independent Web applications by using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT). This converter provides code reusability of existing Android applications and platform independence. The converter uses the Eclipse Java Development Tools (JDT) for processing the source code. On the one hand, Android wrapper classes provide the API calls, which access internally GWT code or directly HTML5 features. On the other hand, source code, which does not fulfill the GWT's requirements, is converted. A case study confirms that this converter can be easily applied to a range of Android applications for converting them to platform independent Web applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Systems Theory, EUROCAST 2013 - 14th International Conference, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer
Pages442-449
Number of pages8
Volume8112
EditionPART 2
ISBN (Print)9783642538612
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event14th International Conference on Computer Aided Systems Theory, Eurocast 2013 - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 10 Feb 201315 Feb 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume8112 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Computer Aided Systems Theory, Eurocast 2013
CountrySpain
CityLas Palmas de Gran Canaria
Period10.02.201315.02.2013

Keywords

  • Abstract Syntax Tree
  • Android
  • Eclipse Java Development Tools
  • Google Web Toolkit
  • HTML5
  • Platform independence
  • code reusability
  • conversion
  • mobile Web applications
  • source to source converter

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