June 25, 2009
I was quite chuffed to find that my first freelance piece for The Register was featured on the front page. The piece is a 17 minute podcast and accompanying intro article that covers the conversation I had with XML co-developer and really smart guy, Tim Bray.
Tim was a great interview. Not only is he very knowledgeable but he answers questions very lucidly. Take a listen and see for yourself.
>> Listen (17:24) mp3 version | ogg version
Why's Tim so jazzed about a 20 year-old Swedish Telco language (other than the cool graphics)?
Some of the topics Tim tackles:
- The state of the web today.
- The evolution of Twitter: Ruby on Rails + Scala + ?
- Dynamic languages that rock Tim’s world: PHP? Python? Ruby on Rails? Closure?
- And speaking of dark horses, what about Erlang? dealing with wider CPUs and concurrency.
- Is Google’s Wave the next Twitter or the next Lotus Notes?
- What’s happening in browser land? And what about HTML5 (video and canvas)?
- Opera’s recent announcement and the value of web hooks.
- Tim’s been “Kindled.” What other web business models are working out there?
- What most rock’s Tim’s world: 1) Databases duking it out – what’s the right way to persist data at scale and 2) Mobile platforms: Android, iPhone, Palm Pre — all very different approaches.
Shout outs: To Terri Molini for setting this up and Paul Bonser of X-team for introducing me, over beers, to Erlang.
Pau for now…
February 16, 2009
The latest Blueprint update debuted this weekend. Being a cloud-based application we are able to push out a new Blueprint release every ~6 weeks and drive continuous improvement in the product. (In case you’re wondering about the picture to the left, each release comes with its own cheesy-band code name. As you can probably guess, the code name for this release was REO Speedwagon).
In this latest Blueprint release we tackled the top three customer requests we’ve heard over the past few months on the forums and out in the field:
- Autocomplete revamp
- Swimlane improvements
- File attachments and the word export
If you can spare 1 minute and 18 seconds, check out the video that Blueprint Product Manager Dave Marquard put together that takes you through the new features.
For more details on the release, check out Dave’s entry.
Coming Soon to a Browser near you
What’s next? Well alphabetically we are up to “Survivor” and its gonna be a cool one. It’s coming out party will be in April at our Driven 2009 user conference. Until then, you keep up with the latest and greatest in the world of Blueprint by following us on twitter.
Pau for now…
December 22, 2008
As the year 2008 draws to a close one more Lombardi Blueprint release has just just gone live.
The login-screen has been cleaned up (except for the coffee stains) and “Twitter-fied.”
The release, code-named “Quiet Riot” (in keeping with the official Blueprint code-naming schema) is characterized by a bunch of cool new features (you can read about them in detail or see the short overview video on Dave’s Blog) designed to make this process mapping tool more collaborative, more powerful and even easier to use.
Here is the high-level list:
- File Attachments: These are powered behind the scenes by Mosso’s Cloud Files and allow you to attach screenshots, word docs, spreadsheets etc. Additionally, your files are conveniently added to the same place you collect other information regarding a particular process step.
- Easy Invites: Looking to give the gift of Blueprint this holiday season? Well it just got easier. We’ve cleaned up the homepage and now to invite someone all you need to do is to type in their email address in the space prominently located at the top of the page.
- Password Rules: Password strength can be set at one of three different levels (high, medium or minimum) using a handy slider bar.
Twitter: This Enterprise 2.0 app just got 2.0-ier
Enterprise 2.0 features like collaboration via wiki-like functionality and IM are at the center of Blueprint. Now in this latest release we’ve added a Twitter feed which powers the “What’s New” section on the login page (see the screenshot at the top of the page).
If the thought of Twitter sounds a bit intimidating, don’t worry, the feed on the login page is transparent to you, all you will notice are postings that are updated from time to time.
If you do want to follow the Twitter feed directly along with your other feeds, click on the little Twitter icon (in the bottom right corner of the yellow sticky) and you’ll be taken to the actual Blueprint Update Twitter page where you can see all the posts. Obviously Twitter works both ways so we’re looking forward to collecting feedback from you as well.
Check out the Blueprint Twitter feed directly at: twitter.com/BlueprintUpdate.
Hope you enjoy Quiet Riot. As always the 6-7 week release beat goes on. Who’s up next? R.E.O Speedwagon.
Pau for now…