AnywhereYouGo, It's A Wireless World
The world is going wireless. Nobody knows that better than AnywhereYouGo.com,
the largest independent community of wireless application developers.
AnywhereYouGo.com is an online community and marketplace that provides
resources and tools for wireless developers, including news and
reports from the wireless industry, directories of developers and
applications, online application testing, tutorials, and discussion
groups. AnywhereYouGo.com's users include developers, IT managers,
and wireless infrastructure providers from more than 75 countries.
Because the wireless data industry is constantly evolving, moving
quickly is the key to success in the space. AnywhereYouGo.com needed
to ensure that its site was fast, reliable, and easy to maintain and
choosing its infrastructure, AnywhereYouGo.com needed to be confident
that the solution it chose would accommodate many updates to its
presentation layer each day. As a business, AnywhereYouGo.com needed
the security of knowing these revisions would not disrupt the site's
AnywhereYouGo.com turned to Enhydra, a leading Open Source Java/XML
Internet application server, for its solution.
"Our web site is our face to the world so when we began building
it, we were determined to build on a solid foundation that was reliable,
extensible, and powerful," explained Victor Brilon, technology strategist
at AnywhereYouGo.com. "We evaluated a number of technologies, including
operating systems and application servers, for AnywhereYouGo.com's
infrastructure," continues Brilon. "We discovered Open Source was
the best option for AnywhereYouGo.com across the board. We're using
Linux and the Enhydra application server, which is the heart of
our Open Source Internet platform."
With Enhydra, AnywhereYouGo.com got more than an Internet platform:
the company now has a community of support from thousands of developers
worldwide, as well as a sophisticated, dynamic application server
that will continue to evolve and develop as the demand for wireless
applications keeps growing.
Enhydra is the backbone of AnywhereYouGo.com's rapidly growing
technology architecture, and it is the foundation of the company's
content management system. Not only does the technology possess
the broad range of capabilities a busy, highly trafficked site needs,
but also, as an Open Source technology, Enhydra shares the open
standards principle that is the hallmark of AnywhereYouGo.com.
"Technologically, Enhydra exceeded our expectations for creating
a vibrant, robust system to serve our technologically savvy users,"
says Brilon. "Philosophically, Enhydra shares our commitment to
the Open Source movement. It's an excellent match."
With a strong in-house Java team that was focused on building a highly
customized production environment, the Open Source nature of Enhydra
made the production of AnywhereYouGo's complex site a reality.
The AnywhereYouGo Team (listed
"We were able to use Enhydra's built-in functionality, combine it
with resources that the Enhydra community contributed, and mix that
with our custom development to produce a powerful solution." Says
The company pursued a very aggressive launch plan, developing and
deploying in about 90 days. Thanks to unfettered access to Enhydra's
source code - as well as the support and resources available through
Enhydra's active development community - just a few developers were
able to build and deploy the site in that short period of time.
Enhydra XMLC helped significantly in this regard as well, allowing
site developers to try out various interfaces without requiring
additional work on the underlying layer of business logic.
Clearly, flexibility and scalability are critical to the success
of AnywhereYouGo.com. Because an Enhydra application is divided
into three layers - presentation logic, business logic, and data
abstraction - programmers can tend to their respective layers without
impacting the other two. Enhydra's unique technology, Enhydra XMLC,
which cleanly separates business logic from presentation logic,
lets interface designers and Java developers work independently.
Enhydra XMLC is a unique compiler that transforms XML documents
into a Java class by creating a W3C-standard Document Object Model
(DOM). Using Enhydra XMLC, designers are free to make updates and
even more significant changes in HTML, WML (Wireless Mark-up Language)
or other XML-derived languages, without requiring rework from developers.
Similarly, Enhydra XMLC's use of the DOM allows developers to make
changes to back-end code without disrupting the presentation layer.
Serving a community of wireless application developers, AnywhereYouGo.com
offers daily WML broadcasts to subscribers who request the service.
Thanks to Enhydra XMLC, AnywhereYouGo.com can reach wireless subscribers,
including those who rely upon handheld devices such as Palm Pilots
and WAP-enabled phones, which do not allow for simple integration.
Leveraging the value of Open Source Enhydra - Enhydra XMLC in particular
- developers were able to adjust the code to deliver content to
a multitude of platforms.
Enhydra also allows for the separation of business logic and data
logic by way of its Data Object Design Studio (DODS). DODS brings
a level of database abstraction to a three-layered Enhydra application,
improving efficiency by keeping the database code layer separate
from the business logic, allowing greater portability between relational
database management systems.
An all-Java solution, Enhydra's standards-based approach means that
AnywhereYouGo.com is neither limited by proprietary development
tools nor trapped by an artificial solution that cannot accommodate
other development tools or systems. Moreover, as an Open Source
technology, Enhydra is constantly being reviewed and enhanced by
an active, thriving community.
have benefited greatly from the Enhydra community, especially from
the contribution of WML support into the DOM model (by David Li
of DigitalSesame)," says Victor Brilon. In return, AnywhereYouGo
has contributed back to the community by creating new build rules
to make WML code building easier as well as creating new features
in the DODS code.
"We're extremely excited to be working with Enhydra and to be an
active part of its community, helping developers via our web site
and our contributions to the Enhydra code," he adds
Enhydra has enabled AnywhereYouGo.com to engineer a long-term solution
designed to embrace the inevitable, exciting advances yet to come
in wireless technologies.
"Enhydra not only helps us achieve our technology goals without
trapping us behind a single implementation or vendor, but it also
allows us to plan for the future," adds Ryan Fife, also a technology
strategist at AnywhereYouGo.com, "And in our industry, the future
is never far away."
The AnywhereYouGo Team
(photograph above, from top left, clockwise):
Paul Whitaker, Director of Technology Partnerships
Ken Steck, Embedded Systems Technology Architect
Ryan Fife, Wireless Technology Architect
Victor Brilon, Wireless Technology Architect
AnywhereYouGo.com is a 100% wireless application development
and deployment with developers and IT managers from more than
75 countries. Resources include The Wireless Internet Lab,
New WAP Tools Wireless Devices, Discussion Groups and a Developer
Platform: Penguin Computing
OS: Customized Red Hat Linux
Wireless Capability: 100%
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