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PreCentral: Where HP's going with open source Enyo 2.0

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Where HP's going with open source Enyo 2.0

This morning I had a meeting at HP's webOS campus with Enyo framework members Gray Norton and Kevin Schaaf and head of webOS Developer Relations Enda McGrath. Leading up to tomorrow's Enyo Hackathon, we talked a lot about what HP has accomplished with Enyo and where they hope to go with the open source application framework. (full disclosure: HP is paying for my flight and hotel for this trip)

Enyo was first previewed to the public back in November 2010 at the New York Developer Day. The framework was designed to follow up on the fully web-based Mojo app framework and featured modularity as one of its hallmark features, while still staying true to its web tech roots. At the time Enyo was demoed at smaller smartphone sizes and a bigger tablet-like size, demonstrating the flexibility of the modular design. In February 2011 developers got their first taste of working in Enyo after the Think Beyond event.

A year later, following easily the most insane year in webOS' history, HP made the decision to open source webOS and the Enyo framework. Immediately, the open sourced Enyo was available on multiple platforms - practically anything that supported HTML5 would support Enyo, and many mobile platforms additionally supported on-device web-based apps. Enyo 2.0 also began an open source public beta that lasted several months, finally reaching the final release version in just the past few weeks. The new version of Enyo is designed to run on all manner of devices and desktop web browsers of all stripes.

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