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Instagram today released an open-source library that it said could make it easier for developers of large, complex mobile apps to build versions for Apple Watch.

The Instagram app for Apple Watch

Above: The Instagram app for Apple Watch

Image Credit: Instagram

Instagram posted the library to GitHub, a popular repository of open-source projects.

The library is known as IGInterfaceDataTable, and is intended to make “configuring tables with multi-dimensional data easier.” In other words, Instagram said, like its own app for Apple’s forthcoming smart watch.

“The Apple Watch platform and WatchKit are brand new, and like with any evolving platform, there are new sets of tools and challenges,” Instagram engineer Ryan Nystrom told VentureBeat in an emailed statement. “We’re really excited to be one of the first apps on the platform, and were able to build some solutions that we think will help other people build their apps more quickly and easily. We’ve been able to build on open source technology at Instagram, so it’s exciting for us to contribute, too.”

Much more information about how to utilize the library is available on GitHub.


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