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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, friends!

Here we are in January, so named after the ancient Roman diety, Janus.  It turns out that Ronin Technologies has a lot in common with that ancient fellow.  Read on and I'll tell you why.

Janus was not just the god of doorways and bridges in their concrete forms, but in their abstract concepts.  He represented transition, bridging past and future, bringing together one vision to another.  If we look at him in a modern light, Janus was the god of integration and middleware.

Everything we do at Ronin Technologies is about working smarter by standing on the shoulders of giants and helping our customers build bridges across their data and applications.  This is true with the open standards we participate in (such as RETS and MISMO), the technology partners whose tools we use to integrate data (Talend) and the languages and frameworks we use to develop applications faster and cheaper (Groovy and Grails) while leveraging existing legacy code.

Like Janus, we have a clear view of the past.  In our case, this past represents the lessons learned over 2 decades' work in enterprise application development.  It encompasses the tomes of the masters, i.e., "Code Complete", "Rapid Development", "Head First Design", and of course, "The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman To Master".

Janus also sees far into the future. Ronin Technologies' works with the leading edge and tracks the bleeding edge. The majority of our current implementations use Groovy and Grails.  We are advocates of the SaaS philosophy. We have been following developments in the semantic web and cloud computing.

I won't go stretch the Janus analogy as far as to claim that Ronin Technologies represents the middleground between civilization and chaos, but I will say we've often found ourselves thrust into the position of hammering out a workable compromise between extremes.

Ronin Technologies:  cross the threshhold this January.

Felix sit annus novus.

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