280 North was a web software development startup company formed in 2008 by college friends Tom Robinson, Francisco Tolmasky, and Ross Boucher.[1] It was purchased by Motorola in 2010.[2] Tolmasky and Boucher both previously worked for Apple, on the iPhone and iTunes respectively.[1]

280 North
Industryweb software
FounderTom Robinson
Francisco Tolmasky
Ross Boucher

They created a software stack that includes Objective-J, which relates to Javascript in the same way that Objective-C relates to C, and Cappuccino, which is a port of the Apple Cocoa API. Cappuccino and Objective-J have been released as open source software.[3] Their first major release was 280 Slides, which is presentation software similar to Apple's Keynote or Microsoft's PowerPoint, but that works entirely in a web browser using JavaScript.[1] Their next project was a drag-and-drop visual integrated development environment for web applications named Atlas, which could work with the iPhone API. Atlas was to be open-sourced, but, after acquiring 280 North, Motorola decided to keep Atlas private.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ a b c Forseman, Chris (June 26, 2008). "Cocoa on the web: 280 North, Objective-J, and Cappuccino". ars technica. Retrieved May 12, 2009.
  2. ^ Arrington, Michael (August 24, 2010). "Motorola Snaps Up 280 North For $20 Million".
  3. ^ "Cappuccino". Archived from the original on August 25, 2011. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  4. ^ SD Times Issue No. 219, April 1, 2009, pp. 1, 21
  5. ^ Forseman, Chris (March 31, 2009). "Atlas: a visual IDE for desktop-like web apps". ars technica. Retrieved May 12, 2009.
  6. ^ Kumparak, Greg (March 4, 2009). "280 North's Atlas bridges the gap between Web Apps and native iPhone applications". MobileCrunch. Retrieved May 12, 2009.

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