Jasonette Cross Platform

Make iOS and Android apps with just a single JSON

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ethan
@gliechtenstein · I made Textcast, Ethan, RubCam
Hi guys,

Jasonette is a different approach to making apps. Normally, making an app involves writing a program and putting it on the phone. But with Jasonette, you simply write a JSON file hosted on a server, and the Jasonette apps fetch and use it to build themselves on-demand, whenever you open them.

Last month I posted the iOS version on Product Hunt and was blown away by all the interest and encouragement. From there it went onto become #1 trending Github project and now it has over 3600 stars, with the community growing quickly everyday.

Since the iOS launch, the #1 FAQ has always been “Android?”

And today I’m open sourcing the Android version as well. This makes Jasonette fully cross platform, so you can simply write a simple JSON recipe to build fully production apps. Also, the unique approach makes it super easy for ANYONE to make an app, and in minutes instead of days. Please check out the youtube video on the website and you’ll see.

This personally is a really huge moment for me because all my past projects have been iOS only, and I’ve always wanted to build Android versions. With this, now I can build fully cross platform apps from day one, and you can too!

I would appreciate any feedback, thank you!

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ethan
@gliechtenstein · I made Textcast, Ethan, RubCam
Hi guys Jasonette is a different approach to making apps. Normally, making an app involves writing a program and putting it on the phone. But with Jasonette, you simply write a JSON file hosted on a server, and the Jasonette apps fetch and use it to build themselves on-demand, whenever you open them Last month I posted the iOS version on Product Hunt and... Show More
Patrick
@justawebguy · Founder of Popflake
Love the idea.. One question though: what about animations? Is there a way to animate stuff? Without fancy animations apps feel so dead🙊
Ethan Kravitz
@ethosventures · CTO, Overnight
Very cool, we actually deliver dynamic modals to our app using a nearly identical JSON format. Any plans to create a drag and drop webapp/UI to build the JSON? If not I am sure someone else will do it shortly. Could be a huge value for helping non-programmers made pretty decent prototypes.
Fraser Smith
@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
@ethan, can you clarify something for me please. Do apps created with Jasonette exist as stand-alone apps, or do the app users require Jasonette to be installed as an host for the JSON file?
Matt Horton
@mattahorton · APM, Capital One Labs
Congrats on Android!
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