Enyo 2 Exits Beta

We’re excited to announce that Enyo 2 is officially moving out of beta! Today’s release marks a major milestone as we declare Enyo 2 production-ready, from both a functionality and quality point of view.

Where we’re coming from

Back in January, we launched enyojs.com and open-sourced Enyo 1. At the same time, we released the first beta of Enyo 2. Whereas Enyo 1 had targeted webOS, Enyo 2 was rewritten from the ground up to enable truly cross-platform development, supporting mobile and desktop browsers from iOS to IE8.

That first Enyo 2 beta was pretty minimal, but we were excited to share it with the world, start developing in the open, and begin building a new community of Enyo developers.

Now, less than 6 months later, Enyo 2 boasts an an amazing community of developers, a broad set of cross-platform UI widgets, and a powerful layout library for building apps that work across all form factors from phones to desktops.

Since January, we’ve seen Enyo apps developed for virtually every platform, and submitted to nearly all of the major app stores. Equally exciting, we’ve seen over 50 add-on libraries and plugins added to the Enyo Community Gallery. We’re thrilled with your support and investment in Enyo, and we can’t wait to see the great places you’ll take it next!

What’s new

So enough of the history lesson – let’s get to the good stuff. Along with a full round of testing on our Tier 1 platforms (see our new support matrix), a whole lot of bug squashing, and a spiffy new website, today’s release adds:

  • New Onyx Widgets: We have finished polishing a number of new UI widgets in the Onyx library, including Menu, Picker, Tooltip, Tree, Drawer, Scrim, and “MoreToolbar,” a responsive toolbar that adapts to different screen widths.

  • Enyo 2 Sampler: The Enyo 2 Sampler is a new app to help you get acquainted with all of functionality available in Enyo and its add-on libraries, Onyx and Layout. You can browse a hierarchy of interactive samples of all the UI controls, see different options for configuring them, and view source code for the samples right in the app. And of course, the Sampler is designed to adapt to different form factors so you can access it from just about any device.

  • New Contributor Process: Starting today, we are implementing a new contributor signoff process to allow us to accept larger code contributions from the community, while keeping the codebase Apache 2.0-compatible. The process was inspired by the Linux foundation’s kernel contribution process, and involves a simple signoff line to be added to pull requests. You can learn more about the new process here.

With these additions and a strong focus on quality and polish since the last beta release, Enyo 2 is now production-ready, API-stable, and recommended for general use – so give it a try, then head to the forums and let us know what you think.

Where we’re going

While we’re excited to have Enyo 2 officially out the door, we’re far from done.

We see a web-centric future in which there aren’t iOS apps, Android apps, Mac apps and Windows apps – there are just apps: apps that let you access your content and get stuff done, wherever you happen to be, on whatever device is handy.

This vision won’t come to pass overnight, and we’re certainly not the only ones pushing to get there, but we’ll keep doing our part by making it easier for developers to build beautiful, responsive, powerful apps that run everywhere. Thanks for joining us on this journey, and for helping to make the vision a reality.

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