In a Nov. 2 post on the Yahoo Developer Network (YDN) blog, Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz, a vice president and architect fellow at Yahoo, said Yahoo has been working behind the scenes for the past several months on “Cocktails,” a new technology powering Livestand, which Yahoo launched at Product Runway. Livestand is Yahoo’s new digital newsstand for the iPad.
“The name Mojito is very illustrative to what makes Mojito-based applications unique. Each MVC (Model View Controller) unit in Mojito is both a module and a widget,” Fernandez-Ruiz said. “It’s a module because it’s a self-contained package of business logic. It’s a widget because it’s a visual element of the UI the user can interact with. Mojito apps are actually both module and widget. We called these things -Mojits’ as way to describe this novel combination between modules and widgets. From there, it became Mojit, Mojito and Cocktails were born.”
Yahoo plans to open source Mojito through YDN in the first quarter of 2012. “We look forward to working with the community to make Mojito one of the leading Web frameworks going forward, so that more and more developers can create Web applications that run seamlessly on the client- and the server-side,” Fernandez-Ruiz said. Later in 2012, the company will open Yahoo Manhattan for publishers to be able to run Mojito-based applications on Yahoo’s Cloud, he added.
“Going forward, Mojito and Yahoo Manhattan will allow you to develop ONE app and deploy it on several devices to lower cost, increase agility and keep a uniform design across platforms (Web, mobile, tablet),” Fernandez-Ruiz wrote in his post.