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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Robert Scoble, the Scobleizer, deems Alpha Five Version 10 "revolutionary"

Yesterday was a really great day for me and for Alpha Software. As you know, I'm at Oracle OpenWorld 2009 networking with Oracle developers and trying to raise awareness of our codeless Ajax technology, and its ability to help developers -- Oracle and otherwise -- build more and better solutions in less time. As part of this, I've been setting up meetings with the media, hoping to get a chance to demonstrate Alpha Five Version 10.

One person I had the pleasure of meeting with is Robert Scoble. Now, unless you've been living in a cave, you know that Robert Scoble is one of the most widely read bloggers in all of techdom. There are good reasons for this. He knows his stuff. He has an uncanny track record for recognizing the next big thing. And he's incredibly prolific on his blog, Twitter, and myriad other social publishing platforms.

What you might not know is that Scoble has long been involved in, and has a deep understanding and passion for, programmers and programming. Long before blogs even existed, Scoble was moving about various online forums, networking with and helping developers. In fact, his work as an evangelist for developers and appdev technologies goes back to at least the early 90s, when he was an active participant in CompuServe, supporting early versions of Visual Basic.

Fast forward to 2009. Robert and I sat down in a Starbucks, and I shared the current beta (and soon to ship!) version of Alpha Five Version 10 with him. Now, I've been in "the business" for over 20 years. I've had countless meetings with the press and, more recently, with bloggers. But my meeting with Robert was truly unique.

As we discussed Alpha Five and development in general, Robert had one eye on me and one eye on his iPhone. He was tweeting the meeting live. I've never had another journalist or blogger do that. The most interesting thing was, his brain seemed fully capable of managing both our conversation and his tweeting, without missing a beat on either.

You can follow Robert's tweets @Scobleizer. Here are the tweets he published while we were talking.

It's not every day one of the most influential chaps on the Internet calls your product "revolutionary." It was a real validation of the planning and hard work the Alpha team has invested in Version 10 over the past year, as well as the months of testing and feedback our beta testers have invested.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Robert will deem Version 10 worthy of a deeper look on his blog.

I also talked to Robert about our interest in cloud computing, areas where we see a fit for Alpha Five, and technologies we can bring to bear to make building apps for cloud computing easier and faster for developers.

Robert is going to tee us up with the right people at Rackspace, which has an expansive and mature cloud computing platform that is very interesting to us. I hope to share whatever develops as a result of that with you here, in future posts. (And as some of you know, we are already hosting several mission-critical resources on Rackspace, so this would be a logical expansion of that relationship.)

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