HP-sponsored Enyo framework hits cross-platform release

The JavaScript framework, an earlier version of which was for making TouchPad webOS apps, can now be used for building apps that can run on iOS, Android, Safari, Firefox, Chrome and even IE
Written by David Meyer, Contributor

Enyo 2, the cross-platform successor to the application framework used for making webOS apps, has come out of beta.

HP said in January that it was open-sourcing the JavaScript framework under the Apache 2.0 licence, following its abandonment of webOS. The first iteration of Enyo had been focused on building apps for HP's TouchPad tablet, but the new one can be used to target iOS, Android, Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.

"We see a web-centric future in which there aren't iOS apps, Android apps, Mac apps and Windows apps — there are just apps: apps that let you access your content and get stuff done, wherever you happen to be, on whatever device is handy," the Enyo team said in a blog post on Wednesday. "Today's release marks a major milestone as we declare Enyo 2 production-ready, from both a functionality and quality point of view."

The team noted that the first Enyo 2 beta had been "pretty minimal", but the full release "boasts an amazing community of developers, a broad set of cross-platform UI widgets, and a powerful layout library for building apps that work across all form factors from phones to desktops".

According to the team, Enyo apps have already been submitted to "nearly all of the major app stores", and people have submitted more than 50 add-on libraries and plug-ins.

The full release comes with new UI widgets in the Onyx library, as well as a multi-form-factor sampler app that demonstrates the Onyx and Layout libraries.

"Starting today, we are implementing a new contributor sign-off process to allow us to accept larger code contributions from the community, while keeping the codebase Apache 2.0-compatible. The process was inspired by the Linux Foundation's kernel contribution process, and involves a simple sign-off line to be added to pull requests," the post added.

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