Apple working on Flash alternative - report

Apple is reportedly using a framework named Gianduia as an alternative to Adobe's Flash which has recently got under Steve Jobs' skin, if his pronouncements on the subject are to be believed.

Apple apparently showed off Gianduia at a shindig snappily named WOWODC (World of WebObjects Developer Conference), last June and some bloke Tweeted about it. It looks like it took a while for its significance to set in. Jobso was quite happy with Flash back then - or so it seemed - and the iPad was perhaps no more than a device described by Arthur C Clarke in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The demo shown at the show required the signing of an NDA (non-disclosure agreement), but on the pretext that a developer, Jonathan "Wolf" Rentzsch. Tweeted about it, Apple Insider reckons the gaffe blown and has served up some meat on the subject.

Wolfie had better reinforce his front door before Apple's iPlod arrive to kick it down and nick his computers - we nearly wrote PCs there, doh!

Gianduia is the name of an Italian hazelnut chocolate. In Apple's case it also apparently has Cocoa at its core. According to the Tweet we can't find, it is, "essentially is browser-side Cocoa (including CoreData) + WebObjects, written in JavaScript by non-js-haters."

We shouldn't pretend to know what it's all about. Apple Insider seems to make a decent fist of it, over here.