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By InfoWorld staff, InfoWorld, September 18, 2012
The best open source application development tools

That old debate — native app or Web? — has gathered new steam in the wake of the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Then again, maybe not, thanks to a number of mobile development tools that let you build with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and still tap native features. Elsewhere, new tools and libraries as well as old (but not dusty!) standbys are bringing new levels of power and ease to both native coding and Web development (look, Ma, no plug-ins!).



What do you get when you combine the accessibility of JavaScript, the coding aesthetics of the C language, and the modular approach of Unix? You get Node.js. Built on Google’s open source V8 JavaScript engine and available on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines, Node.js has become one of the most popular repos on GitHub and continues to show up as the foundation for numerous cloud-based services.
— Mike Amundsen


Bossie Awards 2012 The best open source application development tools

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