A few weeks ago we held our first ever "Drupal Camp" in San Francisco at Compumentor's office. I blogged about this previously when we were hashing out the idea. Today I posted a pretty lengthy report back about it on Drupal.org:
Yes, conceivably within a few years Ruby on Rails could emerge as a dominant web application development environment. But I am betting strongly against it. Why all the hype then? True innovation, great presentation, lots of screencasts & brilliant marketing. But in the end, RoR is fighting an uphill battle. E.G. LISP has a much greater market share than Ruby (.721% vs .2%).
Programming language market share numbers are taken from this study. It covers the languages in general and is not specific to web application development. If anyone has any better analysis please let me know.
*Update*: There is a great blogpost from a Ruby on Rails devotee here that comes away with much the same conclusion but instead of just numbers he provides a well reasoned argument.
So given all this, why does CivicSpace still not ship with working YahooGroups-like mailinglists and wiki support? Good freaking questions. Thankfully, I believe we are finally getting close to an adequate answer....
My first screecast (37 megs 10 min):
This sandbox runs on Drupal 4.7 beta 5. Modules I am using on this site:
I would highly recommend waiting until og2list is fully baked and until I have a chance to clean up my code before you use this. But if you must I have included all my new modules, slightly hacked modules (ported og2list to 4.7 and added tags support to mailhandler) and my theme .tpl files. This stuff will all make it into cvs some time next week if all goes well.
We need microformats and to get people to agree on them. It is going to bootstrap exchanging data on the Webâ€¦â€¦we need them for things like contact cards, events, directionsâ€¦
Amen! More on the microformats blog
April 2008 in Bangalore India, amongst the sparkling new out-sourced call center office parks, a unassuming new company is formed; "Personal Business Services Group". Their business? outsourced personal assistant services for American / European Fortune 1000's. For a reasonable rate of $200 a month* per employee their highly fluent and capable staff will time-shift their internal clocks and diligintly perform the following duties:
* *Call screening*: simply route your SIP phone through their severs and they will pre-screen all of your calls.
* *Scheduling*: Simply cc them on all your scheduling email threads and they will massage meetings into your calendar without you having to even think.
* *Note taking*: Call them up over Skype during meetings and they will listen in and take notes that will later be posted on your companies wiki.
* *Proof reading*: Send over any documents and they will sanity check, proof fread, and even edit your writing.
Within a year they have forged an entire new industry. New hire C level managers now think of personal assitant services a standard job benifit. Competing firms sprout up and tackle entirely new verticals such as stressed out soccer moms and small business owners.
Entreprenurial employees in India now sit in on every business meeting, every decision, and every interaction in every company in America. As the routinely disruptive dynamics of the information economy meet the inevitable finality of true globalization, the gates to our corporate american kingdom are pried open from the inside. Our personal assitants become our equals and our penchant for out-sourcing work becomes the blue print for our replacement.
* $3 an hour X 3 hours a day per employee = $9 a day / $45 a week / $180 a month
*Note:* I wrote this post while burning an hour before the 11PM showing of V for Vendetta. Make of that what you will.
I've poured almost three of my life in to CivicSpace waving my hands and willing it into existance. We have a lot to show for it: 30 major software releases, two thousands CivicSpace powered websites, a vibrant and quickly growing user community, and a network of 25+ vendors occupying a solid slice of the marketplace of advocacy / non-profit web technology services. But what we haven't had so far is a solid user facing product - something I can show my mom...
Ten minutes ago I sent a note to our mailinglists announcing that we will shortly begin alpha testing a hosted CivicSpace service and are looking for testers. Three minutes later four people signed up.
The CivicSpace hosted service is almost here and I couldn't be more excited.