Puakma: Under the hood

I'm Brendon Upson, jack-of-all-trades, master of one or two. I'm talking about life running a small ISV tackling business issues and leaping technology hurdles in a single bound.

webWise Network Consultants is based in Sydney, Australia and develops the groundbreaking Tornado Server technology.

A fountain of ideas

Filed under: by Brendon Upson on 2005-08-10

it's been great having Martin here. We've been exploring a range of technologies and ideas and possible things we can do with Tornado server and the Puakma technology in general. So far I think we need about 84 years to get through them all. Every idea spawns 10 new ones.

Today we were talking about ad hoc project teams, where a bunch of consultants arrive at a customer's site and do some short term work (much like we are doing here!). The need to share files and data easily and perform some basic collaboration but don't have the time to install and configure a full server. This led to talk about how we would find other nodes on the local network with trying to work out your (possibly moving) local IP address and tell everyone on the team. I started taking a look at what Java provides in the way of IP multicasting and tonight designed a quick .pma application that both broadcasts its presence and maintains a list of other nodes that are visible. it's kinda cool to see new nodes appear and disappear as laptops move on and off the network.

I really enjoy this kind of technology experimentation. It's like starting with a blank slate and creating something both cool and useful to others.

All systems go

Filed under: by Brendon Upson on 2005-08-10

Tornado Server is going ahead in leaps and bounds. The installer has been streamlined, the core broswer apps refined, a DHTML datepicker included and the Vortex IDE is very nearly ready for beta testing.

Martin (Mr IDE) Noval is currently here in Asutralia. We're rounding off the corners and introducing Martin to some Australiana. It does make a big difference meeting face to face to discuss the intracacies of how the IDE should work and also allows him to see first hand how the IDE is used to develop web applications for customers. The base code has now been ported to Eclipse 3.1 (which looks a whole lot better than 3.0) and the plugin simplified (only one plugin instead of two). I'll post some screenshots of the Vortex IDE in the next couple of days.