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October System Update

The October system update for Bungee Connect went live on October 21.

For a more thorough list of this release’s new features, enhancements and bug fixes, review the Preview Announcement from September 26.

A few of the new features are worthy of a quick how-to video, so read on.

No More Pages in AppProjects
We simplified the AppProject container by eliminating the need for Pages. Any AppProjects that existed prior to the update will still have whatever pages they had before, but be sure to update your AppProjects before trying to update any existing deployed applications.

Here’s a short video to explain more.

“Publish” Tab Replaces “Staging” Tab
The new Publish tab makes it easier to manage your posts, deployments, and shares, especially when you have multiple solutions in various DesignGroups.

Here’s a short video to show you how.

Custom FavIcon Support
The much-requested support for specifying a FavIcons has finally arrived. Now when users bookmark your Bungee-powered application, they’ll see the icon of your choice.

Here’s a brief video to show how to implement a FavIcon.

Again, there is a whole lot more in this release, so check out the Preview Announcement from September 26.

Ted Haeger
Director, Bungee Connect Developer Network

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Connecting C++ To Javascript Via Google’s V8

I’ve been playing around with Google’s V8 JavaScript engine. One of the really cool things about V8 is that it was built to be embedded into a C++ application. Here at Bungee Labs I’ve been writing the infrastructure for our bungee connect platform for some time now. One thing that I’m always interested in is speed and V8 is very fast. I ran the benchmarks that Google posted in my browser (Firefox 3.03), and then I ran them using the new V8 engine. The new engine is faster by an order of magnitude. Read the rest of this entry »

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At Long Last: The Learn Tab v1.0

The Core Curriculum in the Bungee Connect Learn tab is finally complete, online and available.

Said one BCDN Developer (who goes by the handle “olympyx”):

I think the combination of text overview, video, and use of the platform is a great way to learn the platform. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manage MySQL with Bungee SQL Admin

Bungee SQL Admin is a rich Internet application that enables Web 2.0 companies to rapidly manage MySQL & PostgreSQL database systems.

  • No install
  • No registration
  • No cost

Click here to launch. Read the rest of this entry »

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New on Facebook: “What Is Your Best?”

Another Bungee-powered application has recently been added to Facebook. (This joins iRecommend, the Digg Comment Viewer, and FriendMapper.)

Created by Michael Walker (non-Bungee) and Brad Hintze (from the Bungee team), the beta release of “What is Your Best” is a social application for sharing your greatest moments, accomplishments, scores, and stories within your social network. For example, say you bowled a 271 last night. Want to brag about it and challenge your Facebook friends to do better? Well, cue the diabolical laughter, because now you can. (Void in states where mixing bowling and diabolical laughter is prohibited. I’m talking about you, Wisconsin.)

Next week, Bungee Labs will release a short video interview with Brad and Mike about the application, including why and how they created it and a short demo. However, if you want to get a sneak-peak at it, go to beta.whatisyourbest.com and check it out.

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Yahoo Geocoding Libary for Bungee Connect

My latest contribution to the Share, our BCDN shared code repository, is a library that wraps the Yahoo Geocoding API.

Yahoo provides an excellent API for getting the latitudes and longitudes of US-based addresses, which is an extremely helpful service for anyone working with the GoogleMap control in Bungee Connect. With the library now available, you can include the code in your own Bungee Connect solutions and use a single, simple function to get lats and longs for an address.

If you import the library into a new solution, you can simulate the example application in it to test the library. Since importing provides you with my complete source code, this also makes a good resource for understanding how to call a RESTful web service and convert its response into objects using our restUtility helper class.

In order to use the library, follow these steps in Bungee Connect:

  1. Either create a new solution, or open an existing solution.
  2. Select the solution in the Solution Explorer. (It’s the top-level container.)
  3. Click the Modify Dependencies button.
  4. In the Modify Dependencies dialog, click the Share tab.
  5. Locate YahooGeocodingAPI and add it to you list of imports.
  6. Select Import so that you can to look through the source code and run the sample app.

Once you have done that, the project notes will come up and explain how to use the library further.

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The Learn Tab Lives!

Late Friday night, the Bungee team rolled out two changes to the Bungee Connect platform.

The first change is the much needed renaming of Adapters and Connections. Wherever the word adapter once appeared, you now find the word interface. (Except for in the Bungee Connect architectural pattern, which remains Model-View-Adapter.) Similarly, connection has been renamed to adapter. (Hence the reason why MVA did not become MVI.) Overall, this change better aligns these components to concepts familiar to most object-oriented programmers. Read the rest of this entry »

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