Archive for August 2006

Software is heading towards Automation? So soon 

August 14, 2006

One of our chief technologist today pointed us to Cognition framework

As Cognition site writes :
Cognition Framework is a JAVA web application framework composed of best of breed open source architecture.

It is LGPL licensed, which means it is available for commercial use in a manner that is appropriate for your needs.

What is ‘best of breed’ architecture? Cognition Framework is built on a powerful Open Source application stack:

» Tapestry – presentation tier

» Spring – lightweight services

» Hibernate – OR persistence

» Acegi – security

They have a quick tour, http://dev.thelabllc.com/cognition/viewlets/cognition_intro.htm
The tool generates quite good amount of code and a nice web page without a single line of code!! Amazing guys, this is perfectly way towards automaiton, machine is bound to take over we human programmers  We will be still masters 🙂 (designer and architect) but nitty-gritty code/development/programming will be trivial. Atleast that’s what I felt after seeing the demo.

Blog because you want great employees!!

August 2, 2006

My Blogger friend Roger writes

Each start-up was very different from the other but the one thing they all had in common was that they were in ’stealth mode’ (see bottom for definition).

Some of the common questions I hear are:

  • When do we start blogging e.g. 1 month before ……. launch? 2 months before private beta? etc.
  • How do we blog if we don’t want to talk about our product?
  • How do we market our company via the blogosphere?
  • Should we have a full time blogger? Should we contract someone to post a few times a week?
    • What does hiring a contractor say about our company?
  • How many blogs should we have? One with a corporate view, and one for customers?
  • How do we break news of our product? Blog or homepage?
  • Is blogging for us? How will it help us? Does our target market blog?
  • What software should we use when hosting our blog?
  • Should we use a hosted product e.g. Blogger.com, WordPress.com, Typepad or self-hosted Wordpress.org, Movable Type, etc.?
  • What capabilities should we support? RSS, Atom, Email subscription.

The problem with these questions is they miss the indirect value of a blog.

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