Introduction to Web Runtime on MeeGo

In this article I provide a brief description of the Web Runtime on MeeGo and then try to get you up and hacking code as fast as possible with the fewest number of setup steps. Coding for the Web Runtime on MeeGo is very easy and requires only a MeeGo operating system image, the web runtime packages and a text editor in order to get started!

What it is! The Web Runtime on MeeGo provides the app developer with the ability to create applications that look and feel like other locally installed native applications. The cool part – they’re written using web technologies HTML, JavaScript, CSS, web services/apis. In Web Runtime terminology, these applications are called “widgets” – because they are built and packaged according to the W3C widget family of specifications.

Web Runtime widgets are launched from the same place as other apps – i.e. the MeeGo Applications zone. (side note: try saying “web runtime widgets” ten times very quickly) From an end user perspective widgets are simply apps that integrate nicely with the MeeGo device they’re using.

There is no “web browser ui” surrounding your app – just the normal look and feel of a MeeGo app. Widgets can be downloaded from a website or potentially an app store, and are installed using the ‘widgetinstaller’ tool. Continue reading …

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