theSky is a "virtual platform" we at skyBuilders.com see emerging in 21st-century computing.
Unlike familiar platforms - computer hardware and an operating system - theSky is an artificial space created by the way we use today's nearly ubiquitous Internet connectivity between computers. This space is built on top of standard Internet, World Wide Web, and database protocols like TCP/IP, HTTP, HTML/XML, ODBC, and SQL. skyBuilders applications, including timeLines, run in this shared space, on most any browser and web server, and on all major relational database systems.
"If it's not on the web, it doesn't exist," Tim Berners-Lee.
Most of the world's information is being put on the Web somewhere. This suggests a new model of computing in the post-PC age. A PC (or Mac or Linux box) with a browser becomes an intelligent terminal running client software, with another PC as a web server that belongs to an organization or community. On or near the web server is a master database server and file server that is the shared space of a "CC" or "community computer." The community may be anything from an association of individuals with a common interest to a corporation, for profit or non-profit. All the organization's information goes in this community computer, where it is accessible, with permissions, from any browser in the world.
theSky community computer is a three-tier virtual platform consisting of
We are also writing a white paper on the life cycle of skyWare and programming practices appropriate for theSky. The skyWare life cycle is based on an IEEE software life cycle model (SLCM). Our programming practices incorporate extreme pair programming (XPP) and open-source licensing for code development at Internet speed.
Our skyWare also relies on the great power of today's relational database management systems (RDBMS). A proposed industry-standard open database model (ODBM) gives small enterprises the benefit of clean logical data models that big companies have paid millions of dollars for.
Our open standard data model includes robust and flexible user profiles, with multiple permission levels keyed to the individual application modules. For more information on ODBM go to www.opendatabasemodel.com.
skyBuilders has designed a calendar-driven user interface ("timeLines") that standardizes navigation tools across a wide range of web applications. A unique strength of timeLines is to facilitate navigation of databased information in the time dimension, allowing an organization to see its data "as of" another date, in the past or the future.
Our initial web applications (modules) will be
Future timeLines applications include