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Yahoo’s web ventures may not pack the same punch that they used to, but the company recently amped up its portfolio of products with the unveiling of Cocktails. No, Yahoo is not moving into the bar industry. Rather, Cocktails is a concoction of various programming languages blended with developer tools that have been created with the intention of taking some of the stress out of coding applications.

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November 14, 2011

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Yahoo’s web ventures may not pack the same punch that they used to, but the company recently amped up its portfolio of products with the unveiling of Cocktails. No, Yahoo is not moving into the bar industry. Rather, Cocktails is a concoction of various programming languages blended with developer tools that have been created with the intention of taking some of the stress out of coding applications.

Cocktails allows developers to code applications with ease by “cutting out the fat” so to speak.  Writing applications often entails several time consuming tasks and Cocktails steps in to handle some of them, giving developers more time to concentrate on the creative process.  Besides improved efficiency, Cocktails helps make the development process more appealing.  All of this is achieved through a mix of CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript, Node.JS, and a touch of innovation from some of Yahoo’s most talented engineers.

Yahoo is officially kicking off its Cocktails menu with two cleverly named releases dubbed Mojito and Manhattan.  Mojito is a web application framework that is environment-agnostic.  It provides a platform for improved efficiency by making it unnecessary for developers to write unique code for both the browser-side and server-side.  In addition to eliminating such tedious steps, Mojito also cleans up the process by removing any JavaScript warnings that commonly appear when working with more than one language.  Mojito offers dual-functionality as a module and widget, as it comes equipped with all the essential code for writing programs and also acts as one of the user interface’s visual elements.  Apps based on the Mojito framework are commonly referred to as Mojits since they are both modules and widgets.

The second Cocktails release, Manhattan, offers a server-side JavaScript hosted cloud environment for applications based on Mojito.  Yahoo’s proprietary cloud is used in this case, which supplies scalability and other common cloud features.  Thanks to Manhattan, developers can deploy, un-deploy, and manage numerous Mojito-based apps and versions using the aforementioned Yahoo cloud network.

Besides the introduction of Mojito and Manhattan, Yahoo made additional noise when it showcased a host of apps for tablets and smartphones.  Livestand, a media newsstand app, was of particular importance, as it was announced as the first example of an app created using Cocktails.  Based on Mojito, Livestand is fully capable of running on the cloud minus any tedious changes and shows the true power of Cocktails.  No longer will developers have to write a plethora of code, as Mojito allows them to write code for a single app that will function the same no matter what environment is used.  Yahoo also revealed other apps in the form of IntoNow, a TV app designed for the iPad, as well as a weather app built for Android devices.

While it remains to be seen whether Cocktails becomes a hit with developers, Yahoo at least deserves some credit for being proactive in its attempts for company revival.

For more on this topic, visit http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2122445/yahoo-launches-developer-dream-cocktails


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