Archive for May, 2008

Google Contacts Library, v2.0

I recently made a major overhaul to the Google Contacts library. You can get it from the “Open Example Code” part of the Home tab in Bungee Builder.

I’m much happier with this new version. While I want to add a few more features to the library, it’s now functioning very well. Time to apply some “release early and release often principle.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Delegated Web Authentication in Bungee Connect

One of the newest features in Bungee Connect is the ability to leverage existing authentication services instead of developing your own authentication. This is advantageous both in the terms of development time and security. By using DWA, developers make their applications easier to use, since their target audience won’t have to create yet another set of credentials for a web application. Currently, Delegated Web Authentication is available for Facebook, Google, and Windows Live. Read the rest of this entry »

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Live Webcasts for Bungee Connect Developers: 101 and 201

Bungee Connect’s Webcast series is expanding!

In addition to the Bungee Connect 101 Webcast for developers working on the Start Tab tutorials (or those that recently completed them), we’re adding a new Bungee Connect 201 for developers who have moved beyond the Start Tab contents, starting on June 4th. Read the rest of this entry »

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Complete your CRM user experience with Bungee Connect (a.k.a. Spackle the Cracks)

For Picture 16.png many businesses CRM is at the center of the way business gets done. The sales team uses it to keep track of leads and opportunities, marketing uses it to capture new leads or target a specific group within their own customer base, accounting uses it to track closed opportunities and the list goes on. Over the past year we have talked to many businesses looking to get the most from their CRM investment and make their employees more productive. While they are happy with their CRM overall, their employees could be far more productive with just a few improvements to the user experience, filling in the gaps in application functionality. Most of the requests fall into two categories: user interface or data integration. Read the rest of this entry »

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SugarCRM Integration Overview

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I’ve taken some time to create another Bungee Connect reference application using the SugarCRM web services API. I have previously posted about NetSuite, Salesforce, and Oracle/Siebel CRM On Demand.

These small and simple applications perform the basic functionality of authentication, reading data, and writing data. The code is well commented and straightforward, providing an excellent foundation for one to base their own code on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Live Webcast (May 21): Bungee Connect 101 for Developers

Date: Wednesday May 21

Morning Session: 9:00 – 10:00 am MDT 

Register for the morning event to attend

Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 3:00 pm MDT 

Register for the afternoon event to attend

Have you finished the 3 Start Tab tutorials, or close to finishing these? We would like to invite you to a new learning program for developers new to Bungee Connect.

We now have two live webcasts to choose from: one in the morning, one in the afternoon. Both webcasts will cover the same content so, select the time that works best for you.

Bungee Connect’s 101 “live” Webcast will focus on:

  • Application building blocks: classes, fields, function, forms, etc.
  • What does “model driven” mean and how it helps you build app in Bungee Connect
  • Walk through of a small application
    • How is the model connected to the view: Model-View-Adapter model
    • How do the components interact
    • How inheritance can simplify your app
  • A chance to ask any questions you have about the Start Tab, building apps in Bungee Connect or any other burning questions!

If you haven’t completed the 3 Start Tab tutorials, please spend some time checking them out before attending this webcast! We’re looking forward to getting to know you and discover what you want to do with Bungee Connect.

Amy Ballard, Community Program Manager

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Startup Series video from Web 2.0 Expo

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While at Web 2.0 Expo, Jesse Stay interviewed me and Corey Olsen about Bungee Connect. He just updated his blog with some video of the demo we gave him.

Tonight we will be hosting the Social Media Developers Garage. At the event tonight, Ted Haeger and I will be providing a Hello World introduction to using Bungee Connect with a few services like Facebook, Twitter and possibly even Google Contacts.

-Brad

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What’s in the Next Release? (June 2008)

It was one year ago (May 31, 2007, to be precise) that we first launched Bungee Connect as an early access beta. In the past year, Bungee Connect has matured in leaps and bounds. Now, well into open beta, we want to start providing our growing developer community with information as to what’s coming in each release with a published set of pre-release notes.

We update the platform every 6-8 weeks, adding new features and making many improvements. In order to smooth the release process for our developers even further, we are also introducing a “BCDN Preview Release” program, allowing developers to try out the new features before the full system update. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bungee In the News: May

We have gotten a lot of great coverage lately and I want to call out a few key pieces:

Bungee: The Software Life Cycle as a ServiceRobin Bloor, Hurwitz and Associates

Nowadays development environments are like amoebas, they all look alike to me and they all seem to work in a similar fashion, but BungeeConnect is startlingly different in several ways.

How PaaS pulls software pricing downPhil Wainewright, ZDNet

The pricing is interesting because Bungee has done away with separate pricing for storage, bandwidth, processing and so on, instead setting a single fixed price of $0.06 (six US cents) per user-session-hour.

Jumping from SaaS to PaaSLauren McKay Destination CRM

Picking up where software-as-a-service (SaaS) leaves off in terms of integration and interactivity is the relatively new platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model. Bungee Labs, a young PaaS vendor, aims to ease the process of integrating siloed CRM applications with other Web-based business solutions and third-party data.

Bungee Jumps into a federated platform model – Robert Mullins, SD Times

Bungee Labs, a platform-as-a-service provider, is offering two options for hosting applications created on its developer platform, in an effort to serve enterprises who want to keep their applications on their own network as well as those with their heads in cloud computing.

Bungee Jumps into federated hostingClint Boulton, eWeek

Startup Bungee Labs is taking the next step in what it believes is the first comprehensive platform-as-a-service offering with federated hosting for its Bungee Connect platform.

Bungee Labs Evolves Federated HostingRichard McManus, ReadWriteWeb

Federated hosting, low pricing and perhaps eventually open sourcing parts of the platform are good moves – but the bottom line is that those features need to attract new customers. It’ll be worth checking back on Bungee Labs again at next year’s Web 2.0 Expo!

Enterprise Software: Customer Survey 2008McKinsey & Company

The second archetype is the development platform, typified by companies such as Bungee Labs and Coghead. The innovation here is around providing all or some of the integrated developer environment (IDE) tools needed for creating an application on the Web, in addition to hosting. It is a cost-effective alternative to licensing on-premise toolkits for developers, i.e., SDKs. While this is the most nascent, and hence least understood, of the three archetypes, it could create a tectonic shift in software development by opening application creation to a much wider array of developers for a modest cost and even enabling a new generation of non-developers to create SaaS applications easily.

-Brad

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Bungee Storefront Sample Application

The latest addition to Bungee Connect’s growing gallery of sample applications is the classic web app example: a basic storefront application:

This is a mid-sized app demonstrating how to connect to a MySQL database and how you can skin an app.

For a more detailed description see

  • the wiki article for the Storefront here
  • check out this screencast with an overview of the Storefront where Ted Haeger talks with the summer intern who developed the Storefront, Daniel Posch.

You can import the app by expanding the Applications section as shown here. Click it and import.

Amy Ballard
Community Program Manager

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