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September 29, 2007

This video makes me happy

I should just watch this when I'm feeling down...

Posted by Chris at 12:21 AM

September 14, 2007

Platform launch

Here is a nice little writeup on the Salesforce platform launch at dreamforce from TechCrunch

Salesforce will enter the custom software market next week with the launch of Force (site will go live Monday morning), a new platform that will allow developers to create database driven applications and deploy them as services. So if Salesforce doesn’t offer what you are looking for, and no one has built it for you on Salesforce’s AppExchange, you can simply build it yourself using the Apex framework.

At its core Force competes as a development platform with .NET, Java, etc. But there are also a slew of startups that have focused on allowing people to easily create and deploy database driven applications - DabbleDB, Zoho Creator, LongJump, Coghead and WyaWorks, among others. All will take a hit from Force. In fact, this may be sort of game ending for them. Salesforce has its eyes on much bigger fish than those startups.

Any internal process or function that requires custom software may be a candidate for Force. Disney, which has been testing the platform, is using it to manage character (Mickey Mouse, etc.) appearances. EA has built a recruiting application. Bronx School is using Force to manage attendance, performance, etc. Salesforce says they can actually manage the entire school on Force.

Salesforce is also announcing VisualSource, a set of tools that allow developers to build applications for multiple devices (tablets, iphone, etc.) and add HTML, AJAX and Flex to Force applications (making for much nicer looking and more user friendly applications). See the screen shot below for an example user interface.

Pricing is a flat $25/month/user.

Salesforce has always said its about software as a service. Next week, they say they’re deploying the platform as a service with Force. I imagine they’ll find a receptive customer base.

Posted by Chris at 02:22 PM

September 04, 2007

Everything hurts

I recently decided to polish off my old Judo gi and go to a local judo club. The internet is your friend, I googled "Judo Berkeley" and found a great little club, the east bay judo institute. I wore a white belt to my first couple classes but now they say I should come back in my brown belt. 3 classes into it and everything pretty much hurts. We'll see how long I can keep it up.

Posted by Chris at 11:12 PM

Slideshare of Agile 2007 talk

Chris and Steve's Agile 2007 deck

Posted by Chris at 01:54 PM

Favorite Science Fiction

I recently joined facebook. One of the fun things, other than having a Mom at my kids school come up and say "hey are you Chris Fry, I linked to you on facebook," is seeing everyone's science fiction. One of my favorite series of all time is Gene Wolfe's Book of the new sun.

The Book of the New Sun is a novel in four parts written by science fiction and fantasy author Gene Wolfe. It chronicles the journey and ascent to power of Severian, a journeyman torturer who is exiled from the Seekers for Truth and Penitence (the guild of torturers) for committing the one unforgivable act: showing mercy to his victim by allowing her to commit suicide and thereby avoid further excruciation. Following the exile, he takes a journey that culminates in his rising to the position of Autarch, the one ruler of the free world. Severian, who claims that he has perfect memory, tells the story in first person; the books are presented by Wolfe as a translation of Severian's writings into contemporary English. The series takes place in the distant future, where the Sun has dimmed considerably and the Earth (referred to in the series as "Urth") is slowly cooling.

Posted by Chris at 01:14 PM