Wakanda (software)

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Wakanda (software)
Wakanda logo 2013.jpg
Original author(s) Laurent Ribardiere
Developer(s) 4D SAS[1]
Initial release March 15, 2012; 3 years ago (2012-03-15)
Stable release 8.159169 (April 10, 2014; 19 months ago (2014-04-10)) [±]
Preview release 0.159743 (April 17, 2014; 18 months ago (2014-04-17)) [±]
Development status Active
Written in C++, JavaScript
Operating system BSD, Linux, Mac OS and Microsoft Windows
Available in English
Type NoSQL Object database Web application framework Server-Side JavaScript
License Dual Open Source / proprietary (GNU GPL v3, GNU AGPL, Community, proprietary)[2]
Website wakanda.org

Wakanda is an open-source web application framework for developing web and mobile applications in JavaScript. It includes a database server (WakandaDB), a JavaScript framework (WAF), and Wakanda Studio, an integrated development environment.

Wakanda is supported on Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS, and is cloud-ready[clarification needed] on the back-end. Desktop, mobile and tablet apps on the front end.[clarification needed]


The Wakanda platform consists of:

  • Wakanda Server (also known as WakandaDB), a Server-Side JavaScript implementation supporting the CommonJS module specification for cross-platform compatibility.
  • Wakanda Studio, a desktop IDE and WYSIWYG editor for designing database tables, forms, reports, and the logic needed to make these parts work together as a web application.
  • Wakanda Application Framework (WAF), consisting of a data provider to communicate with the server, interface widgets for the browser-based front end, and a datasource layer that comes in between.


Starting in 2008 with the server, Wakanda was first presented at The Ajax Experience in 2009[3] and then the same year at JSConf.eu.[4] A private Developer Preview was made accessible in 2010 with a first version of the Wakanda Studio including a Model Designer and a GUI Designer. Wakanda came to public attention in June 2011 with a new Developer Preview, with a second public Developer Preview announced during the "Wakanday - JS.everywhere(Boston, October, 2011)" conference,[5] and the first Beta on December, 15th.[6] Wakanda is available as a Live Release version since March 15, 2012.

On June 28, 2012, the first version of Wakanda was officially launched.[7] On October 26, 2012 it was demonstrated at the JS.everywhere() conference, in the US[8] and France.[9]

First involved in the CommonJS working group since 2009, the team created the "Client and Server JavaScript APIs" W3C Community Group [10] in April 2012, before joining the W3C in October 2012.


Wakanda Server supports CommonJS modules, Web Workers, Web Storage, XMLHttpRequest, HTML5 File API, Blobs, Timers. It implements the Firebug Crossfire Debugger protocol, as well as the WebKit remote debugging protocol.

The WakandaDB NoSQL engine is accessed via HTTP, inspired by the OData REST API.

Wakanda supports some of the Node.js modules including EventEmitter, Socket, and TLS. Wakanda includes a number of other open source projects as part of its default packages. Wakanda Server is built with JavaScriptCore, ICU, OpenSSL and Zlib.

Wakanda Studio and Framework are built with WebKit, jQuery, jQuery UI and Raphaël. Since January 2015 Wakanda is using the V8 JavaScript Engine in Wakanda Server[11]

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