Archive for WideLens

Announcing Bungee Grid-EC2, Bungee Application Server and Community Source Code Licensing Plans

This week begins another exciting phase for the Bungee Connect Developer Network, the Bungee Connect platform, and the Bungee Labs team. We have been working feverishly for several months to pull together the technical and logistical pieces to enable very significant new capabilities that we think will expand the number of solutions brought to market as Software-as-as-Service, increase the interactive quality and experience of those services, and provide more business and operational flexibility to developers.

There’s a lot to share with you today, so rather than trying to cram everything into one epic blog post, we’ve laid out the “headline” bullet points below with links to posts detailing more about each of these news items:

  • Bungee Grid now running on Amazon EC2 and accessible to Bungee Developers
  • Announcing Bungee Application Server
  • Community Source Code Licensing plans for Bungee Connect technologies
  • We look forward to your feedback.

    Martin Plaehn,
    CEO, Bungee Labs.

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    Bungee Grid now running on Amazon EC2 and accessible to Bungee Developers.

    Application developers using Bungee Connect to create and deploy highly interactive web applications will soon be able to automatically designate the hosting location for their applications by selecting from three multi-tenant locations including Bungee Grid-US, Bungee Grid-Europe, and Bungee Grid-EC2.

    Bungee-powered application hosting on Bungee Grid-EC2 using Amazon’s Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) infrastructure is available today upon special request for deployed applications running on the Bungee Connect (Beta) multi-tenant grids located in United States and Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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    See the Results of Intern DevFest 2008

    In late 2007, fifty Computer Science university students applied for 2008 internships at Bungee Labs. We flew nine of the most promising applicants from around the US to join Bungee Labs for our first “Intern DevFest”.

    Over a 24 hour period the students had to extend WideLens – the Bungee Connect calendaring reference application – to develop new features and create a new derivative WideLens application…then present the results to the judging panel.

    The nine students slogged hard all day (with frisbee breaks!) and most of the night and then presented their solutions to the judging team the next morning.

    Check out the video highlights of the four winners.

    Alex Barnett, VP Community

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    New Video – How to Import and Run WideLens, View and Export the WideLens Database

    In this new WideLens video we introduce Josh, one of two devs who worked on the Bungee Connect reference calendaring application, who shows Ted a few more tips and tricks for Bungee developers interested in experimenting with the Bungee-powered app, covering:

    • How to import WideLens project into a new solution (and what’s actually happening in the background when importing the project)
    • How to run your instance of WideLens via simulate within the Bungee builder
    • Creating an account in your version of WideLens
    • Viewing your instance of the WideLens MySQL database via the SQL Console
    • How to export the WideLens database schema so you can use your own MySQL database

    Bungee Connect WideLens Video - How to Import and Run WideLens, and View the WideLens Database

    More videos to come. In the meantime, you can go to the WideLens developer page at the Bungee Connect wiki where you can find all the links to the various resources we’re putting together.

    Alex Barnett, VP Community

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    Sync Google Calendar to Outlook

    Seeing Google’s recent release of Google Calendar Sync, Alex Barnett has created a short screencast of how this is available as a browser-based utility through the WideLens reference application on Bungee Connect.

    What are the key differences? First, Google Calendar Sync is a download-and-install application for your Windows desktop, whereas WideLens allows you to synchronize entirely in the browser. Depending on your use case, you may find one or the other scenario (or both) more practical. Second, WideLens allows you to view and manage your appointments for both Exchange and Google Calendars in a single consolidated view, with the ability to create, delete and manage new appointments on either system as well as within and Facebook.

    Finally, the WideLens codebase has been made available to Bungee developers under a very liberal open source license, allowing developers to make derivative works from the code base, so if you need to extend or pare down the base functionality, it’s readily available.

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    Bungee Labs Intern DevFest 2008

    What an exciting day for us at Bungee Labs to welcome 9 potential interns who traveled from around the country last night to take part in Bungee Labs very first Intern DevFest.

    Bungee Labs DevFest 2008

    We can’t wait to see what these very smart 9 CS students come up with using Bungee Connect and the WideLens reference app we’ve asked them to hack against.

    Thanks to M.David (blogging this here) and Daniel Posch (one of last year’s summer Intern at Bungee Labs) who both agreed to join the contest’s judging panel.

    Here are some pics from the 24 hour event.

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    New WideLens video: Overview for Bungee Developers

    Over the weekend I got the chance to spend time with Herrick Muhlestein, one of Bungee Labs’ dev leads and a member of the team responsible for delivering Bungee Connect’s new calendaring reference application, WideLens.

    In this video, Herrick provides an overview of the architecture of WideLens as well as some details on the app’s Class-Database relationships. The slides Herrick walks through are available here (.ppt)


    This is the first of a series of videos we’ll be providing to Bungee developers with more detail on WideLens. If you have questions about WideLens, or want to discuss the video, head on over to the WideLens board at the BCDN forum (Bungee dev account required).

    More WideLens Resources: 

  • Video (new!): WideLens – Overview for Bungee Developers and slides (.ppt)
  • Video: WideLens User Experience
  • Blog Post: Extending the WideLens Reference App
  • How To: Extend WideLens to Display Custom Events
  • Blog Post: WideLens: A calendaring reference application for Bungee Connect
  • Alex Barnett, Bungee Labs

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    Webcast – Extending WideLens – Feb 21, 12pm MST

    Please join us for a WebEx session where we will provide an technical overview of the Bungee Connect‘s new reference application, WideLens, and discuss how the WideLens reference app was extended to display a custom event.

    Topic: Bungee Connect Webcast – Extending WideLens (60 minutes)

    • A Developer’s Introduction to WideLens Reference Application (Brad Hintze)
    • Extending the WideLens Reference App with Custom Events (Dave Nielsen)
    • Questions and Answers (Brad Hintze)

    Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008
    Time: 12:00 pm, Mountain Standard Time (GMT -07:00, Denver )

    To join the online meeting, see details at the BCDN Forum (you must have a Bungee Connect developer account to enter the BCDN Forum) :

    Look forward to seeing you there.

    Alex Barnett
    VP Community, Bungee Labs

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    Extending the WideLens Reference App

    It’s been a big day for us, with news of:

    About WideLens

    In this post, I want to focus on the new WideLens reference application from a Bungee developer’s standpoint – why we built it and how Bungee developers can modify and extend the Bungee reference application for their own purposes. Read the rest of this entry »

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    WideLens: A calendaring reference application for Bungee Connect

    logo_widelens_sm  With the release of the latest version of Bungee Connect we are happy to announce the release of a new reference application for Bungee Connect. WideLens is a calendaring application built to demonstrate what can be built with Bungee Connect, such as:

    Connectivity to multiple types of external data:
    WeekViewWideLens connects to Microsoft Exchange calendar, Google Calendar,, Facebook, MySQL and iCalendar feeds. If you’re familiar with these services, you know this list isn’t just a mouthful to say, it represents a variety of protocols and authentication schemes. MS Exchange is accessed through WebDav, Google Calendar through gData, via SOAP, Facebook through REST and MySQL connectivity is based on client libraries provided by MySQL (integrated directly inside Bungee Connect). Read the rest of this entry »

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