Fast and flashy: Famo.us JavaScript framework revealed

Famo.us's product to bring complex 3D graphics, realistic motion to stock Web browsers and ordinary Web developers

The biggest problem with most HTML5 apps is that they're slow. Not because JavaScript runs slowly, but because the overhead involved in manipulating your browser's DOM (Document Object Model) to do the kinds of useful things people expect from a modern app brings everything to a grinding crawl.

Back in October, InfoWorld's Eric Knorr wrote about a little San Francisco startup called Famo.us. Its product, which has attracted some 70,000 developers for a private beta, is a framework for creating Web and mobile JavaScript applications that break the performance bottleneck without plug-ins or native code.

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