Open source frameworks on Windows Phone 8

For the first time, and since the release of the new sdk, WP8 now supports so many open source platform frameworks. This shows how much communities are excited to work with Windows Phone.

This means a lot to developers, to be able to use their own acquired skills and expand the market opportunity. In the same time it’s extremely important for Windows Phone Market Place.

Check out the various supported frameworks:

  1. Apache Cordova (known as PhoneGap) now supports Windows Phone 8
  2. The next release of Sencha Touch 2 arrives with added support for Windows Phone 8
  3. A new jQuery Mobile theme for Windows Phone 8 is available
  4. SQLite can be used to build Windows Phone 8 applications. You can find the bits here.
  5. Here is a preview version of Cocos2D supporting Windows Phone 8
  6.  Ogre3D on Windows Phone 8
  7. has been updated to support Windows Phone 8
  8. SharpDX (an open-source C#/Managed DirectX API for.NET) is now available for Windows Phone 8
  9. Popular open source MVVM Light Toolkit gets a fresh new version supporting Windows Phone 8. Read the details on Laurent Bugnion’s blog

This added support for Windows Phone 8 in diverse open source and cross platform frameworks was made possible thanks to new features in Windows Phone 8: native C++ programming and Internet Explorer 10 expanded HTML5 support.

Developers who have applications based on these frameworks can publish them to the Windows Phone Store in record time. And this applies to various domains, like gaming with C++ or C# frameworks such as Cocos 2D, Ogre 3D and SharpDX, or cross platform development with HTML5 and JavaScript leveraging Apache Cordova,, Sencha Touch or jQuery Mobile. Developers using popular open source tools and frameworks such as SQLite or GalaSoft MVVM toolkit will also be able to reuse their code and skills.

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