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Seven years ago we set out to build a technology that would solve the immense problems faced by business in adoption of technology. If you are not familiar with those problems, you need to familiarize with the now canonical Standish Groups’ Chaos Report, which among other things documents only a 32% rate of software projects completing successfully. During our journey, we encountered many cool things. From the beginning, we were early adopters of the LAMP stack; Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. Further, we were able to leverage all sorts of open-source tools like WYSIWYG controls, time and date management libraries, an amazing JavaScript library called jquery, parsers, ftp servers, email and so much more. These things greatly accelerated our time to market.  Open sources was and remains really cool because it provides practical solutions to complex code problems. Soon ... (more)

Hats Off to the Cloud: A Personal Cloud Success Story

Whenever the issue of cloud computing is brought up in business circles, I get a range of responses. There are the eyes-wide-with-wonder folks, the people who truly enjoy and embrace new technology and for whom the cloud is the next great mystery they are waiting to see revealed. Then, there are the middle-of-the-roaders, the people who see cloud computing as an extension of the Web and software-as-a-service, and are willing to take the marketing buzzwords in stride to realize new benefits. Finally, there are the scrooges. These are the people for whom cloud computing is nothing... (more)

5GL PaaS

The debate has raged for some time now about the exact definition of a 5GL.  One might argue that there also is still some debate going on about what exactly is a Platform as a Service PaaS.  Throw together two semi-ambiguous industry-specific buzzwords and what do you get?  Well, for all of you cynics out there, the answer is NOT "a great marketing opportunity!" In all seriousness, taken together, the two do represent an ambitious vision of the future; a world where the "non-programmer", i.e. someone who does not have experience "writing code", can quickly create flexible softwar... (more)

The Web Browser Is King, Open Web Standards Are Queen

CNN recently reported on a funeral for Internet Explorer 6. Anyone who has been in the business of Web software development will tell you it's a bittersweet thing -- except without the bitter part. When we were designing an earlier form of WorkXpress, no less than 20-30 percent of our engineering time went to what's known as "cross-browser compatibility." This is the act of designing parallel pieces of code that were separately invoked, depending on the browser. If a user had browser version A, then one set of code would run. If a user had browser version B, then another set of c... (more)

Hardware Scaling in the Cloud - Part 3 of 5

In the previous two weeks, I wrote about why the cloud is important to you as a business leader and provided some rationale for economic justification of cloud adoption. Over the next three weeks, I will take apart the three key components that comprise the cloud: infrastructure, platform and software as a service. Each is delivered as a cloud-based service. With an understanding of these components, you will be able to keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to significantly impact your organization's top and bottom lines. The main topic of this week and the most fundamen... (more)