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Famo.us To Open Source Rendering Engine Replacement JavaScript Framework 48

Posted by Soulskill
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snydeq writes "Famo.us has announced it will be open sourcing its framework for achieving native app performance within the browser, InfoWorld reports. 'Why so much fuss over another JavaScript framework? Mainly because it is unlike any other framework out there: Famo.us replaces the browser's rendering engine with its own, which is written entirely in JavaScript, and fuels it with the GPU acceleration provided by CSS's 3D transformation functions. Most any device these days that can run a modern browser — even a modest smartphone — has some kind of GPU supporting it, so why not leverage that? Armed with Famo.us, developers can maintain a single code base that performs well across many platforms.' Demo code is available on Codepen. Famo.us is also partnering with Firebase, a database as a service for mobile and Web apps."
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Famo.us To Open Source Rendering Engine Replacement JavaScript Framework

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  • WTF? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by amicusNYCL (1538833) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @06:02PM (#45601653)

    Famo.us To Open Source Rendering Engine Replacement JavaScript Framework

    That headline was generated using one of those marketing buzzword generators, wasn't it?

  • Translation (Score:4, Interesting)

    by eulernet (1132389) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @07:51PM (#45603089)

    Let me translate the article:

    Famo.us built a Javascript framework for rendering.
    They expected to sell their technology to Google.
    Their plan backfired, because nobody was interested into their product, and they had no interesting application.
    So they "open-sourced" their framework (since it's Javascript, it's already "open-source"), in the hope that some users will come up with a brilliant application, and that their product will have a real value (and so that the company will be saleable).

    While their concept is interesting, I very much doubt that it will ever have a market value.
    It's an existing product searching for its market, instead of a product designed for an identified market.

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