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AppJet, Inc.
Type of site
Web startup
Available inEnglish
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Created by (redirects to
Archived December 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
LaunchedDecember 12, 2007
Current statusDiscontinued

AppJet, Inc.[1] was a website that allowed users to create web-based applications on a client web browser. AppJet was founded by three MIT graduates, two of whom were engineers at Google, before starting AppJet.[2] They launched their initial public beta on December 12, 2007, allowing anyone to create a web app.

AppJet received funding from Y Combinator in the summer of 2007.[3] However, the project was closed on July 1, 2009 to focus on other businesses. AppJet was finally acquired by Google on December 4, 2009, for an undisclosed amount.[4]

Programming tutorial

On August 14, 2008, AppJet released a programming tutorial aimed at a target audience of "absolute beginners".[5]

The tutorial used the AppJet IDE to provide a programming sandbox, allowing readers to experiment with sample code. This was one of the first online tutorials to embed an IDE, exposing a complete server-side web app framework inline with text.

Web software framework

"AppJet" refers to both the web application development platform and the server-side JavaScript framework that powers AppJet applications. This framework enables developers to code entire web applications using only one language, instead of having to use separate languages for server-side and client-side scripting.



A major update to the site was a graphical change implemented on July 10, 2008.[11]


  1. ^ "Appjet Inc". OpenCorporates. June 11, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2023.
  2. ^ About AppJet Archived December 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Google Is Acquiring AppJet, The Company Behind EtherPad Archived 2009-12-07 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Google Redefines Realtime Collaboration with Appjet Purchase
  5. ^ Hello World! AppJet opens browser-based JavaScript school
  6. ^ AppJet Dev Guide: Hosting Archived April 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ AppJet Dev Guide: Persistent Storage Archived January 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ AppJet Dev Guide: IDE Archived April 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ AppJet Dev Guide: Custom Domains Archived May 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ changelog Archived September 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine