Apple using Flash alternative they’ve developed named ‘Gianduia’

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“As Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight duke it out over their plugin-based, HTML-alternative web platforms, Apple is using Gianduia, its new a client-side, standards based framework for Rich Internet Apps, to create production quality online apps for its retail users,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider

“Apple introduced Gianduia last summer at WOWODC (World of WebObjects Developer Conference), an independent event scheduled near the company’s own WWDC event in June,” Dilger reports. “It is likely that more information will surface at this year’s WOWODC and WWDC events.”

Dilger reports, “Gianduia, named after an Italian hazelnut chocolate, is ‘essentially is browser-side Cocoa (including CoreData) + WebObjects, written in JavaScript by non-js-haters,’ according to a tweet by developer Jonathan ‘Wolf’ Rentzsch. “‘Jaw dropped.’ After watching the NDA demo Apple gave for the new framework at WOWODC last year, Rentzch also tweeted, ‘Blown away by Gianduia. Cappuccino, SproutCore and JavascriptMVC have serious competition. Serious.'”

“Like Cappuccino, Gianduia takes a Cocoa-inspired name (Cocoa is itself a Java-inspired name) to describe its role as a way for Cocoa developers to bring their skills to rich online applications built using web standards, with no need for a proprietary web plugin like Flash or Silverlight,” Dilger reports. “While the emerging new support for Rich Internet App features in HTML5 is often pitted competitively against Flash, Gianduia, SproutCore and related frameworks demonstrate that sophisticated web apps are already possible using existing web standards and without web plugins.”

Dilger reports, “Apple Retail has actually already been using Gianduia to create web app clients (which plug into the company’s WebObjects-based services), for a variety of popular programs over the last several months, including its One-to-One program, iPhone reservation system, and its Concierge service for Genius Bar reservations and Personal Shopping (shown below) programs.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Robert S.” for the heads up.]


  1. While the riddance of flash and the welcoming of HTML5 will undoubtedly benefit the iphone and iPad, I cant help but think that Steve is fighting for this conversion for another reason: Apple TV. If all major networks and entertainment providers convert to HTML5, as they already have started, Apple TV will be ready to welcome these treasured websites and perhaps with specialized apps, as already used in iPhone and iPad. Since there are already universal apps that work with iohone and iPad in different ways, Apple TV could immensely benefit from this type of integration and ecosystem. Free Ala carte TV, on demand, via internet would then become easily accessible and usable, giving cable companies an instant run for their money, especially if apple markets it the same way as all its main devices us far. You won’t need a DVR if all shows are available anytime for free, as they are now. Live broadcasts will then have to follow online quickly. The way we watch shows and TV five years from now may be very different.

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