Archive for June, 2008

Bungee Connect and Firefox3

Don\'t look at me, just read the post!

First and foremost, my congratulations to Mozilla on their release of Firefox 3. They’re working on the most exciting thing that’s happened to browsers since . . . , well I guess since Firefox 2.

If this is the first you’ve heard of the new browser you can go download it here:

Mozilla has recently released version 3.0 of their Firefox Browser. Here at Bungee, supporting the top three browsers (IE, Firefox, Safari) has been an engineering priority from day one. Our own engineers, as well as most of our beta users, have been using the beta of Firefox 3 since it was first released and we’re excited at the recent full release of Firefox 3.0. We’re proud to announce that we support Firefox 3.0 on multiple platforms, not only for developer use of Bungee Connect, but for end users of the rich web applications built on Bungee Connect.

For the past 6 months as the beta process has unfolded at Mozilla, we’ve had developers behind our own four walls using the Firefox beta on Linux platforms, mostly Ubuntu, as well as PC and Mac. Firefox 3 is the most used browser among our own Bungee developers. The mission of Bungee’s internal Client team is to be aware of browser roadmaps among the top providers and make sure that Bungee’s development platform and deployed applications provide a consistent and rich experience across the three browsers and that we as a company are well prepared for up-coming browser version roll-outs. For example, we have several testing scenarios already against IE8, who’s beta was announced earlier this year.

We make addressing any issues discovered with the new Firefox release a priority and we encourage our active community of beta developers to continue to participate in helping us assure a consistent browser experience. Thanks for enjoying Bungee Connect and have fun with the new Browser.

David Brooksby
Product Manager

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Bungee Connect Builder Back Up!

As announced, we were down, but now we’re back up!

David Brooksby
Product Manager

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Preview Release Closure and Update Outage

We’ve come to the conclusion of our preview release phase and we’re ready to roll the new code over to the production url.  As a result we’ll be taking down the Preview release and taking the Production Builder offline for about 15 – 30 minutes starting at 6:30pm mountain time, Tuesday June 24th.  This should serve as 24 hour notice of the outage!

Over the past several releases we haven’t had to take this step and we’ve been able to roll out a new version of the code without downtime.  Unfortunately this release will require a brief outage.  We need to make our update without any risk of changes happing in production that aren’t touched by the update – so we require all users to logout and then we take the system down while we do the update.

The Builder is the only application that will need to be taken offline by the update.  All other deployed Bungee applications will remain running and will not need to be taken offline.

If you have questions feel free to post them to this blog entry or ping us on IRC on in the forums.

Thanks as always to you, our beta developers, for working with us during the beta process!

David Brooksby
Product Manager

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201 Webcast – Intro to Adapters and Connections

Bungee Connect’s 201 live Webcast will focus on:

  • What is an Adapter and what are the different types of Adapters
  • What is a Connection
  • How do you use Adapters and Connections with controls such as
    o FormList
    o DynamicForm
    o MultiColumnList

Time: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MDT

A chance to ask any questions you have about the Start Tab, building apps in Bungee Connect or any other burning questions!

Register here.

Amy Ballard
Community Program Manager

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MindTouch Deki, a Programmable Wiki

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MindTouch’s Steve Bjorg joins us to tell us all about their wiki platform called “Deki.” MindTouch is rapidly growing Deki’s install base, largely on its slick user interface. But there’s something hidden under the all the UI slickness: under the hood, Deki supports a comprehensive web API. In fact, the PHP user interface fully delegates all operations over web-service calls to the API. In other words, web-dev geeks like us can safely customize or extend the UI without risk of interfering with Deki’s business logic, such as page permissions or revisions. Coooool! Oh, and did we mention that it’s Free Software?
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Here are links to some of the resources mentioned in this episode. Read the rest of this entry »

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Video: Corey Olsen Shows the Debugger

Among our many gifted engineers at Bungee Labs, Corey Olsen is one of the best. He recently introduced several updates to the codebreak debugger tool.

You can check out the video here (9:02).

The new debugger presents your code, the values of your fields and vars in the code, and the event log all a consolidated view. In the preview at right, you can see a field containing a URL to a photo shoing the actual target photo, which is kind of nifty.

More info in the video.

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Preview Build Refresh

Last night we rolled out a refresh of the code in our Preview Build.  We addressed several issues that our beta developers helped us identify, including:

  • AppGlobal.GetCookie now working during simulate
  • “Default” property for a button working in FFox2,3 during simulate
  • “Padding” in a local style now working during simulate
  • “Inspector” now working

As we’ve mentioned before, we encourage you to spend some time in the preview build and provide any feedback you’d like either in the forums or on IRC.  The preview build can be found at:


David Brooksby

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Live Webcast: Bungee Connect 101 for Developers

Date: Wednesday June 18th

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm MDT

Register for the event to attend

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

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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Twitter Library for Bungee Connect now available


I just released a new library and example app using the Twitter API. You can import it from Libraries in the Example Code section of the home tab inside Bungee Connect. As my wife and co-workers can attest, building this library turned me into a Twitter junkie. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who’s afraid of the big bad cloud?


Since we first announced Bungee Connect we have been advocating moving development of web applications to the cloud. During this time we have talked with many companies and developers about the benefits of a cloud-based development process. While most have been receptive to the idea, a few are a little afraid of what development in the cloud means and its impact to their overall productivity. Some of the most common fears we hear include things like “the code is not on my machine”, “I don’t control the environment”, “What about source control and team development”, and “I don’t manage the provisioning process”. Read the rest of this entry »

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