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Hello world, again.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

It has been quite some time since I have posted any blog entries, and with good reason.

For those of you that don't know, I am now living in Durham, NC, and loving it so far. I have been staying plenty busy at the new job, and enjoying it very much.

I have had a lot of questions about what I actually do at my job, so I'll give you a 5 minute rundown of what has been keeping me busy for the past 7 months.

N software is predominately a component company: we sell components to developers who in turn use those components to write their own software, much faster. While this is the primary role of N Software, I was brought on board to work on RSSBus, our newest product.

RSSBus is based on the concept of Really Simple Services. Basically the idea behind the entire product is that it should be very easy and very quick to deploy any form of service from multiple different data sources into one page, or feed. This is done by using the core of RSSBus, the RSBEngine, along with Connectors, or modules, to pipe all different forms of data into one page. We have written around 90 connectors, including everything from Twitter to SQL Server to Python, but developers can also write their own connectors. We are continually improving these connectors, adding new features, and adding entirely new connectors to this collection, eliminating the need for developers to write this interoperability code each time they want to use data from multiple different sources and platforms. It is a very cool product and something that I think has great potential in saving developers and project managers both a ton of both time and money.

Asides from working on RSSBus, I have also been working on two other projects. The first is RSSTools, which ship with RSSBus to make it easy for developers to consume feeds from RSSBus in both Java and C#. The second is the Windows PHP edition of IPWorks, which will eventually lead to a PHP edition of all of our products.

It has definitely been keeping me busy, and I'm sure it will continue to, but I enjoy it nonetheless. N software has a great group of employees that are all very knowledgeable and very easy to get along with. I have a feeling that I will be working here for quite some time.

More to come soon, now that my blog is back up I will be posting on a more regular basis, both with work-related and personal content. I have also been keeping very busy with some of my own personal projects on the side.

Tom out.


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