The company Steve Jobs’ founded has officially given up on one of his pet projects from twenty years ago. Apple has finally closed down its support for the WebObjects project, an obsolete program that helped businesses build websites instantly using materials that, like search words, customers would have entered online. In 1996, during the beginning of the Internet phenomenon, WebObjects was a revolution. It was one of the principal tools that permitted websites to frequently update their websites with data.
For the very first time ever, retailers were able to allow people to alter the products they wanted to purchase online. For example, for businesses that catered to products with fluctuating prices, such as car dealers and airlines, WebObjects could be used to keep their prices up to date and sell them on their sites. Technology companies were able to sell gadgets in different sizes shapes and colors without having to create an individual website for each model.
Apple Stores and iTunes used WebObjects, with some of its code still being used today. There are still small developer groups for WebObjects today, though Apple hasn’t updated its software for over 8 years. Hugi Thordarson, a developer for WebObjects said that the company spokesperson he had spoken to said it would never be upgraded. There are many more sophisticated tools which can accomplish what the outdated WebObjects was renowned for doing a couple of decades ago.
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