Schedule Maker Future

The other day I ‘officially’ launched a brand-new demo of the RIT Schedule Maker. In all, it’s very very slick. It’s a pure web application with zero server-side processing, all communication going straight from the user to the data source. Lots of Ajax, lots of XML – it’s exciting. Doesn’t work 100% yet in IE, but that’s not my main concern, at the moment – my main concern was just getting something out for people to tinker with.

If you’re interested in playing around with it, it isn’t RIT exclusive, so feel free to hop on, plug in some courses, and see what happens. If that doesn’t interest you, you can browse a collection of screenshots taken of the demo.

And now for the big news: I’ve made a big decision, this summer I will be putting all of my time towards launching the Schedule Maker and getting Juniper Bay (my company) off the ground. This is going to be a really big undertaking. By the end of the summer I will be launching a full-fledged scheduling application for use by students at a number of colleges and (hopefully) businesses. It will be completely free, have a complete API, you will be able to export your data into any known format, and will use all the greatest tech available in modern browsers. Once this quarter wraps up, I’m going to update the Juniper Bay web site, start a corporate blog going (detailing the advances that I make) and really get things moving.

Some things developers can look forward to:
– Completely open API and documentation
– (Pending) Open XML data set for external manipulation
– Lots of Open Source mini-projects (Ajax Authentication, Extensible REST API, screen-scraping scripts, etc.)
– Plenty of updates during the summer and upcoming months.

To say the least, the experience is going to be interesting. I will be working alone, doing all the planning, design, development, and customer support. Not that I haven’t done anything like this before, but I just hope it works out. So, long story short, I’m really hoping for a lot of user input to get this off the ground. I’m going to be bouncing ideas through this web log and the (soon to exist) Juniper Bay one. Anyway, that’s all for now, I’ll keep everyone posted.

Posted: April 30th, 2005

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