February 7, 2009

Pivotal Labs Breaks Silence On Palm Pre webOS SDK

Filed under: Groundwork — mikecane @ 8:19 pm

Tim Carroll of Palm Infocenter happened to tweet me and it led to a brief exchange where one of the CES introductory partners, Pivotal Labs, came up.


That led me to do some searching and I found some actual news.

They’ve hired two new people: Nate Clark (Twitter, blog) and Ben Nguyen (Twitter).

One of their key products is Pivotal Tracker:


Tracker is a simple, story-based project planning tool that allows teams to collaborate and instantly react to real-world changes. It’s based on agile software development methods, but it can be used on a variety of types of projects. Tracker frees you up to focus on getting things done, without getting bogged down keeping your plans in sync with reality.

As if that wasn’t intriguing enough — just imagine accessing that with a customized app on the Palm Pre! — Pivotal also blogged about the Mojo Application Framework at the heart of the webOS SDK:

The Mojo Application Framework is built for the developer, just as a BMW is built for the driver. (Not that the passengers get a bad deal either.) Most mobile platforms frustrate me as they seem like the state of the art in desktop development circa the 1990’s. With Mojo, the development experience is more like using Rails or Django and less like using C++.

Pivotal plans to bring our practices to developing with the Mojo framework, such as Continuous Integration, and Test/Behavior Driven Development. Expect to see a variety of open source tools from us to support these efforts.

To get a feel for Pivotal Tracker, see this blog post: Thoughtworks Mingle vs. Pivotal Labs Tracker

Agile software development is an idea I first came across via Twitter Follower Rick Cogley, in his blog: Reading Between the Lines of the Agile Manifesto.

This is the Agile Manifesto. The wikipedia entry for Agile software development reads as if some of the principles espoused by W. Edwards Deming are being transfered to software creation.

On the other hand: There is no Agile.

Personally speaking, much of this is outside of my realm of experience. What I see here is the possible connection between a Cloud application and the first Cloudphone: the Palm Pre.

I hope Pivotal will offer — or contribute to offering — Pre apps for the non-coding general public (like … me!).


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