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Apple adopts SproutCore web framework

updated 11:35 am EDT, Mon June 16, 2008

Apple SproutCore debut

Apple formally adopted a new web design framework at the end of last week's WWDC conference, accounts say. Although the session was guarded with high security and a non-disclosure agreement, information has reportedly emerged on Apple's announced development for SproutCore, an existing, open-source JavaScript framework based on Cocoa. The technology addresses deficiencies in exploiting JavaScript, which is often used only for launching simple behaviors such as animations.

While Flash is already able to provide more advanced functions, this is said to require running code in a plug-in distinct from browsers; it is similarly a proprietary Adobe format, meaning that companies like Apple must wait for versions to appear for different platforms. Most famously the company has complained about the lack of a full-function plug-in that nevertheless addresses the power needs of the iPhone.

Apple has reportedly contributed significantly to SproutCore development in recent months, with new functions and increased performance. The technology is in fact said to form a key component of its MobileMe service, allowing basic online apps that function across multiple platforms. This may eventually expand to more complex programs, however, including iWork software that would substitute for local copies. It is speculated that third-party companies may be invited to build their own MobileMe apps, whether as a default part of the service, or for a separate fee.

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


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  1. henjin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple really needs to get rid of Jobs. Why Adobe is still having to work in emulation is beyond any rational. The real news is that Adobe has been locked out of full access to using the new version of Flash on a test iPhone. If true Apple is pathetic.

  1. 64stang06

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Yawn

    As I said on the forums here, I'm in the minority by saying that I'm very happy not having flash on the iPhone. I don't use the phone for heavy browsing, just simple tasks while on the go. If I need to view something with Flash, that's why I have a computer.

  1. jscotta

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash…don't let the door…

    I'm happy to that Flash is not on the iPhone. Flash breaks my navigation tools, it doesn't index for searching unless the developer takes a lot of extra time and effort to make it do so, and–worst–fills my browser pages with so much animated c*** that feel like I've stepped back to the '90's where animated gif's were all the rage.

    Not to mention that all the animations playing in Flash start cranking up my CPU cycles and the thus the heat and fans. Flash…no thanks.

    To Henjin: Apple cannot lock Adobe out of testing Flash on the iPhone. Their licensing keeps them from deploying it, but that is not the same as testing it.

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