Hmmm. So here’s another reason Apple CEO Steve Jobs may hate Flash. Apple is developing an alternative to the technology called Gianduia. Well, it’s more than a Flash alternative, but it definitely has the potential to harm Flash.

According to “AppleInsider” (, it’s a client-side, standards based framework for Rich Internet Apps, to create production quality online apps for its retail users.

Apple introduced Gianduia last summer at WOWODC (World of WebObjects Developer Conference), an independent event scheduled near the company’s own WWDC event in June.

Gianduia, named after an Italian hazelnut chocolate, is “essentially is browser-side Cocoa (including CoreData) + WebObjects, written in JavaScript by non-js-haters,” developer Jonathan “Wolf” Rentzsch told “AppleInsider.” While the emerging new support for Rich Internet App features in HTML5 is often pitted competitively against Flash, Gianduia, SproutCore and related frameworks demonstrate that sophisticated web apps are already possible using existing web standards and without web plug-ins, the article adds.