Tuesday, 27 March 2018 12:03

ownCloud gets new user interface

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Germany-based open-source file syncing and sharing software company ownCloud has redesigned the frontend of its cloud offering, with a code structure that is clearer and easier to understand.

The company said in a statement that the redesign was based on technical considerations. After continuous development since its inception, a large number of parallel JavaScript libraries, frameworks and components were created, which made the existing frontend increasingly complex but also confusing.

There was an effort made at this point to write HTML templates and decouple them from the data model in order to obtain a clean and understandable structure for writing code.

The new UI, known as Phoenix, is based on the latest front-end technologies such as WebPack, Vue.js or UIKit.

The frontend is now completely separated from the ownCloud server. Phoenix is a pure Web client that only contains HTML, JavaScript and CSS files and communicates with the server via public APIs such as WebDAV or OCS Share.

Phoenix is now in a test phase and will soon be available in parallel with the existing frontend via the ownCloud Marketplace.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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