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Yahoo Attempts to Create a Mobile Footprint with Mojito

Yahoo Attempts to Create a Mobile Footprint with Mojito

Yahoo—I believe you may have heard of the former search engine giant from late last century(?)—is evidently looking to get into the mobile landscape that has left them behind. They have open-sourced their Mojito framework, which is based in JavaScript, and allows developers to leverage client- and server-side computation to hopefully achieve great performance on any device, from Android to Windows Phone.

Yahoo built the framework as part of its Yahoo Cocktails suite of tools, and has now made Mojito available to be used and improved upon by all. As Yahoo states on their Mojito development page:

Mojito is a sweet (and minty!) MVC application framework built on YUI 3 that enables agile development of Web applications. Mojito allows developers to write client and server components in the same language (JavaScript), using the same framework. Because Mojito applications are written in JavaScript, they can run on the client (in the browser) and on the server (with Node.js). In addition, Mojito has built-in support for internationalization, testing, and building documentation.

This framework would seem to be a great resource for low-end devices, which struggle to deal with increased application memory requirements and heavy network traffic. This enables developers to create apps that can run in any situation, regardless of the OS.  The list of Yahoo apps currently utilizing Mojito are:

  • Yahoo! Livestand (native app)
  • Fantasy Finance (web site)
  • Fantasy Premiere League Football (mobile web app)

The source is available on Github, and you can visit Yahoo’s Developer Network page for more information about the framework.

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