Charles Jolley, one of the primary creators of the SproutCore programming tools for building rich Web applications, has left Apple and struck off on his own to start a new company based on the technology.
"Every so often a few technology trends converge that yield results much greater than their individual parts. I think we have reached one of those moments with mobile devices (like the iPad) and HTML5," Jolley said. "For this reason I decided about a month ago to leave Apple and form a new company centered around helping companies bring great native-style app experiences to mobile device[s]...We are currently focused on the digital publishing vertical."
SproutCore, which is used in Apple's MobileMe products, will remain open-source software, he added. "SproutCore is now and will always be totally free and open-source," he said.
The tools are at the heart of a revolution under way in the programming world: the shift to browser-based software, best exemplified by cloud-computing applications such as Google Docs.