The Hacker Fair

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Hacker Dojo hosted today The Hacker Fair which was full of developers and entrepreneurs. An event drew developers, designers, requiters, project and product managers, and other related fields professionals. Technologies of choice were JavaScript, Python, and Ruby On Rails with word de jour being JavaScript. MySQL was used by most of the demo'ed apps, some apps were deployed on GAE with BigTable replacing backend database. jQuery is definitely used by most if not all demo'ed JavaScript apps. Sun's VirtualBox was on a few desktop to let developers switch between different projects they demo'ed. A couple interesting applications that I previewed included:

  • An open source toolkit that converts the .NET code to JavaScript. The idea for the this was driven by the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) which lets Java developers translate their apps into JavaScript. Demo was deployed on Mono and the tool converted a .Net app built in C# into JavaScript. An app then could be deployed on any of the environments that can run JavaScript, not requiring .NET platform or any of its components.
  • An ERP web application that generated business intelligence report, from Bloom Business Metrics. The application built in RoR with MySQL back end and is aimed for SMB market. It consolidates multitude of business critical data in a single view which is hard to get with other similar ERP apps.

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