Gliffy Beta Begins

By Chris Kohlhardt on Nov 17, 2005 in Stories

The Gliffy closed beta has begun. We’ll slowly add more user to the closed beta in the next several weeks/months. Browse on over to http://www.gliffy.com and you can see our new home on the web. In fact, as of today, we are no longer Silver Tie Software, but Gliffy, Inc. Our first application is a…

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Standard Interoperability API

By Chris Kohlhardt on Oct 08, 2005 in Latest & Greatest

Sam at Writely kicks off a conversation about a common interoperability API between all these new applications popping up. We totally agree that such an API would make applications such as ours way more useful. Here are some examples of how such an API might be used: You’re composing a blog entry, and want to…

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Simple answers to concerns about Office for the Web

By Chris Kohlhardt on Sep 28, 2005 in Latest & Greatest

My former co-worker and friend, Dave, had some common concerns about moving to an Office on the Web. I thought I’d chime in with my thoughts: > Maybe you don’t want your company/state secrets going across the internet and stored on someone else’s servers? Some companies in this space are offering access to their applications…

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People are talking about the trend….

By Chris Kohlhardt on Sep 22, 2005 in Latest & Greatest

I read two blog posts recently, both from VC’s, which show folks are starting to grok the reality that collaborative internet based applications will soon be the tools of choice, replacing traditional desktop applications. Fred Wilson writes: “…my experience and my bet is that wikis will take the enterprise by storm. Because they are simpler,…

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Writely!

By Chris Kohlhardt on Sep 16, 2005 in Latest & Greatest

Writely is a web based word processor which is similar in concept to what we’re doing in many ways with Gliffy (our product), except we’re not building a word processor. I can’t believe how similar the names are…. too funny! Office for the web is on its way…

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Flash 8 Beta!

By Chris Kohlhardt on Aug 20, 2005 in Let's Talk Tech

If you’re developing an OpenLaszlo application, and you’re worried about performance, like we are, you’ll be happy to know that Macromedia’s Flash Player 8 offers significant performance improvements. Click here to download the public beta.

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OpenLaszlo Performance Tip: offsets

By Chris Kohlhardt on Aug 20, 2005 in Let's Talk Tech

I’m not sure if Laszlo Systems would approve of this, but I found something that improves the speed of rendering views that are changing their dimensions or positions rapidly. In our application, we need to resize and move many views all at the same time, repeatedly. During all this, we also need to adjust xoffset…

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Better Programing Practices: Pair Programming

By Chris Kohlhardt on Jul 15, 2005 in Let's Talk Tech

In previous start-up companies I’ve worked at, it’s been implied that the official development process was something along the lines of Extreme Programming (XP) . In the book Extreme Programming Explained by Kent Beck, it is suggested that Pair Programming is an essential element to effective development with XP. So why is it that none…

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