- RubyMotion – based on MacRuby is a Ruby implementation built in Objective-C. The backend is a LLVM derived compiler that emits iOS native code.
- MonoTouch – from Xamarin, the developers of Mono, it’s a version of C# that targets iOS. They also have developed Mono for Android so there is the possibility of sharing some code between platforms.
- RoboVM - translates Java bytecode into native ARM or x86. One advantage RoboVM has over RubyMotion and MonoTouch is that source is available at GitHub robovm/robovm.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Alternatives to Objective-C that target iOS
While some have fun with Objective-C and despite neat features like automatic reference counting I have no deep love for the language. So I started looking for some alternatives to target iOS devices. So far my list is very short: