Rumor Has It, Apple Making Its Own "Flash"

By HTMLGoodies Staff

Just as Apple's Steve Jobs is badmouthing Adobe Flash and taking strong efforts to keep it off the iPhone and iPad, Apple is creating its own Flash alternative, called Gianduia. Apple demoed Gianduia last summer at the World of WebObjects Developer Conference and has already used it to develop several web-based applications for the iPhone.

AppleInsider reported via tweets from a developer who viewed demos of the technology that Apple is developing a standards-based framework for building Rich Internet Applications (RIA) using Gianduia.

The developer, who calls himself Jonathan "Wolf" Rentzsch, posted on Twitter that "[Gianduia] essentially is browser-side Cocoa (including CoreData) + WebObjects, written in JavaScript by non-js-haters. Jaw dropped." Cocoa is Apple's object-oriented programming environment for its Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, while WebObjects is its web application framework. Interesting developments in the works, and the Flash debate rolls on.

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