updated 06:45 pm EST, Wed November 24, 2010
Company invites devs to participate in project
Sony has announced a new project that will allow developers to create applications for the company's TVs, set-top boxes and other devices. The Networked Application Platform is based on GNUstep, an open source variant of the OpenStep framework originally developed by NeXT before the company was acquired by Apple.
Although Apple has maintained the OpenStep specification through Cocoa and Mac OS X, Sony suggests the GNUstep code has "diverged considerably." The GNUstep core libraries still adhere to the OpenStep standard, but the company is working on a number of modernizations for features such as touchscreens and 3D graphics.
Participants in the SNAP developer program will be able to access an SDK, tools, documentation and a developer community.