Github is the social network for open source. Launched in 2008, the web-based hosting service that uses git powers over 1 million accounts. Twitter, the 140-character social network, encourages people to share “what’s happening.” What do these two seemingly different services have in common? TwUI. It’s an open source core animation-based UI framework for Mac, and is the same framework powering both Github and Twitter for Mac.
Now, Github has announced that the two companies are teaming up to make the framework “even more awesome.”
Josh Abernathy of the GitHub for Mac team had this to say:
TwUI lets us create fast, animatable UIs using modern APIs. It’s fantastic. We’ve made a lot of fixes and additions in our TwUI fork. We’ve been working with the fine folks at Twitter to figure out the best way for us all to make TwUI more amazing.
They invited us to join forces.
What does it mean? TwUI has a bright and glorious future. All of our changes are now in
In a nutshell, Twitter and Github are going to spice things up a bit. That includes numerous bug fixes, HiDPI support, and some design changes (like seen above). We’re fully aware of Github’s push in the open source space, but Twitter isn’t far behind. From their open source page:
Twitter is built on open source software, from the back-end to the front-end. Twitter engineers use, contribute to and release a lot of open source software. We of the Twitter Open Source Program Office support a variety of open source organizations and are grateful to the open source community for their contributions, and want to maintain our healthy, reciprocal relationship.
It’s no hidden fact that the Silicon Valley startup loves helping the community of designers and developers. Just check out their CSS3 Bootstrap project (which is hosted on Github). So lets see what the duo does for the Mac dev community. Should be interesting!