Skip to main content

Say hello to Solvent

We've changed the name of the platform from HiveMind to Solvent. The idea behind the HiveMind name was that the platform is meant to rely on components built by developers across the web to enable the quick composition of web applications. 

HiveMind is not a bad name and in fact has proven to be quite catchy, however we think a more evocative name would work better. We've spent time toying around with different names, we were not interested in a meaningless word so the name needed to be a real word that has meaning that could be tied to what the platform is, it also needed to have a nice ring to it.

To that end, we settled on Solvent. The Wikipedia definition: 

A solvent (from the Latin solvō, "loosen, untie, solve") is a substance that dissolves a solute (a chemically distinct liquid, solid or gas), resulting in a solution.

We think this fits nicely with the platform as one for helping businesses quickly develop software solutions to help with their business operations. It is a hyper-flexible platform that can be used to combined different components into a cohesive solution, not unlike a Solvent :)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Managing configurations with object graphs

***
This post is basically a pitch I send to folks whom I think will be interested in a modern approach to configuration management. I am posting it here so I can refer people to it without sending them a long email.
***

One of the features of the Solvent (formerly HiveMind) platform is a smart object technology that solves the problem of dealing with hierarchical configuration information often represented in formats Like YAML,JSON, Java Properties,XML...etc

The smart object technology allows developers/users to directly construct object graphs of any complexity. Once you have the actual object graph you can reverse the process back to representation in any one of the formats mentioned above.


I have setup a demo instance for trying it out @ http://demo.crudzilla.com:7000

Login with login info I sent you.

Be nice, you have full system access :)

To see an example representing the AWS IP list (https://ip-ranges.amazonaws.com/ip-ranges.json):

Navigate to: /com/crudzilla/betaApp/we…

Your code is not a project

Language matters, just as saying the wrong word to the wrong person can leave you with one less front tooth, so too can the incorrect use of language in general create a cascade of confusion that pervades an entire industry.

One of my pet peeves about the use of language in the software arena is the use of the word "Project". This usage as far as I know goes back to IDEs grouping software artifacts as projects. The notion of a project as the top level organizing construct for software projects (see what I did there?) is now a de facto standard. One problem with this is that it is a complete misuse of the notion of a project. A project is not a thing, it is a process! A project has (or at least should have) a well defined start and end.

As a process, by its very nature, its essence is vague. So when something whose essence is precise (software) is called a project it leaves the reader wondering exactly what is being described. Whenever I come across a documentation describing…

What happened to sharing work with other developers?

There was a time when you could create something interesting and post it to a forum with programmers and actually get people interested in what you have. These days it seems short of being blessed (exactly by whom, only god knows) on HackerNews there is little chance you can get anyone's attention.

It is difficult to say precisely what the issue is because it seems multifaceted. It appears a combination of the rise of GateKeepers, perhaps cynicism inspired by the rise of GateKeepers and just a general overload of information has coalesced into a very difficult situation for those of us still daring to create without a VC backed turbo to charge forward with.

Over the past 5-8 yrs I have become quite dishearten by this loss of a genuinely curios developer community, or maybe I am just an old (36) fart who's been left behind.

Even tenure in certain communities doesn't count for anything anymore. I have been a member of HackerNews for 8.5 yrs and have only had 3 or 4 of my po…