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Bungee Labs unveiled the Bungee Connect on-demand development environment at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco in mid-April. The new platform targets small and medium sized businesses, allowing them to quickly create highly-scalable Web 2.0 applications based on APIs from Google, Salesforce, Amazon, eBay, Microsoft, PayPal, RealNetworks and others. Dana Gardner is calling the combination of SaaS, Services and focus on Developer requirement SDDS.
One thing sure to attract attention is their cost model. Bungee provides the platform and infrastructure. It is serving as a ‘computing utility’ — and you only pay for it when you yourself can make money from the application you create. Developers aren’t charged to use or test their application, only after the application is turned on for commercial business.
This is yet another example of a SaaS ecosystem, but compared to Salesforce Apex and NetSuite, it is much more vendor-neutral in focus. It is unique in the on-demand developer environment that it provides. It doesn’t require developer setups on client machines. There are no web servers to set up, no libraries to install, patch and manage. The developer works through the browser and can deploy the application from the browser.
Bungee combines Web 2.0 technologies so that applications can be written that bind Ajax controls to the developer’s pages and forms. The controls are designed to use non-browser-specific controls so that the application will run with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. Here is an overview diagram of Bungee from the Bungee Connect Website: