After a successful early access program, Palm's much-anticipated Mojo SDK is opening up to the general public today, giving developers wide access to build applications for webOS devices like the Pre. Although still in beta form, the release should help developers familiarize with the platform before the app submission process begins this fall - finally opening the floodgates to the company's App Catalog.

While webOS is two years behind the iPhone OS, Palm is hoping developers quickly embrace their platform as it is based on standard web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This should lower the entry barrier for app development and provide a simple path for bringing existing web applications to the Pre.

The SDK can be downloaded from a new developer portal launched today, dubbed Palm webOSdev, where you'll also find user interface guidelines, a forum, and a webOS developer guide in addition to the kit.