When you read this qooxdoo has gotten a new face. We changed the project’s visual theme, new colors, new fonts, new icons, new layouts. You will still find your way round, though: The home page wiki, the blog, the manual, the demos, the issue tracker.
But it’s not just a face-lift. The visual change also signals a shift in conceptual focus and orientation. We want to open qooxdoo up, break it down, and re-arrange it for a new phase. All the traditional elements of a GUI framework for desktop-like applications in the browser are still there, with qooxdoo “Desktop“, and will continue to be. But many parts that were previously subsumed in this single dedication are now being brought to light and exposed, so they can be used individually and independently.
Another part that is lifted to first-class membership and prominence is the low-level, GUI-free layer. It has always been there, but it was not easily accessible. The new “Website” component of qooxdoo changes this, and it’s not just a collection of relevant qooxdoo classes. It has a completely new interface, terse, procedural, familiar that caters for the programming needs of developers that build web pages without widgets. A single-file download and you’re ready to go.
So here we are. It looks new, and has a new story. Plenty of opportunities ahead. Let’s get it on.