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Posted in About on July 18th, 2012 by Christopher DeschenesBe the first to comment

We’re happy with how this blog has become a resource for developers.  We want this to grow, but are also excited with the new releases that are coming.  Stay tuned to www.architexa.com/blog for Architexa releases, events, and other things that the team is doing.

 

Why CodeMaps?

Posted in About on April 20th, 2012 by Vineet Sinha2 Comments

We got the early release of CodeMaps out yesterday. It has been great to hear all the feedback.

Over half the people that came to the site liked it – we are excited to hear that the site is meeting a need. About a third of the people felt like it needed work – we agree, and we are just starting the process (please keep on giving us the feedback). One-tenth of the people did not find the site helpful – we are hoping that as we improve the site and make it’s purpose more obvious that this will change.

For the curious, the above numbers are 53%, 35%, and 11% respectively (we used the the survey forms attached on the site).

The biggest question that we heard about was about the sites purpose. Our goal is big, as we mentioned earlier:

Out goal is to help you use an Open Source Project. We want to help you easily look at the API’s/Javadoc; Make it easy to get a code snippet for using a feature in a library; Simplify finding the right blog post; And even get you a high-level view of the project.

We are planning to start this simply:

First, we want to extend Javadoc – and let you see the source when you need it. Along with that, give you the niceties of your IDE. Being able to easily jump to the caller/callee of a method is often very helpful.

Next, we want to take this fancy code viewer and let you tag it with ‘concepts’. Concepts are the glue that our site uses to connect your code together. And possibly connect your code to things like blog posts, wiki pages, or questions on stack overflow. We want these ‘concepts’ to be used to describe any code concern and can range from a name for some code that you might care about to a high-level architectural principles in the project.

Oh yeah, as we do this, we are hoping that we will have a single site where you want to go to figure out how to use a project. Where for a library that you are using, you can easily find relevant blog posts voted up by the community or just find answers to questions (asked on sites like StackOverflow).

We have been improving the site – please try out CodeMaps, and let us know what you think. Let us know what you think? What should we do differently?

 

A Website For Java Developers

Posted in About on April 19th, 2012 by Vineet Sinha7 Comments

As we mentioned in out last post we have been working on a site to help Java Developers use Open Source Projects. The site is in an early stage but we want to work on the site openly and improve it with your feedback.

Out goal is to help you use an Open Source Project. We want to help you easily look at the API’s/Javadoc; Make it easy to get a code snippet for using a feature in a library; Simplify finding the right blog post; And even get you a high-level view of the project.

Yes, it’s a big goal, but we feel like there is so much that can be done to make out lives as coders easier. We hope this is a good first step in the right direction.

Check out the site: http://CodeMaps.org. If you can’t find your favorite project we can help! Click the ‘Add Project’ button on the top, and our engine will import the project for you to view.

Oh yeah, make sure to let us know what you think. We want CodeMaps to grow into something that you use want to tell your friends about!

 

Making it easy to work with Open Source Projects… [Update]

Posted in About on April 11th, 2012 by Abhishek RakshitBe the first to comment

Whoops! We made a mistake.

We invited everyone to signup for access to our new website. Due to some permission settings some of you were not able to access the signup form. Please submit your name here: http://atxa.io/Hsv3Mx

 

Making it easy to work with Open Source Projects…

Posted in About on April 6th, 2012 by Abhishek Rakshit2 Comments

We have been trying to build something amazing to help developers quickly understand how to get moving with large projects. As we have been doing that, we have been hearing a growing set of requests for help with Open Source Projects.

We have spent the last last few months improving our engine and building a couple of cool features to help the users with open source projects – in large part based on ideas that were sent to us. Well, it’s Spring, and it’s time to pull the covers off.

We are almost ready for our public release, but before that we want feedback from the community on what we have built. Want to be one of the first to find, sign up up now here: http://atxa.io/Hsv3Mx

Update: Some of our initial visitors had some issues while completing the feedback form. We apologize for it and the issue has been fixed. If you face any issues please drop us a note at support@architexa.com. Thanks!

 

Celebrating Eclipse’s 10th Birthday in Boston

Posted in About, Eclipse on November 9th, 2011 by Vineet SinhaBe the first to comment

Eclipse is turning 10 years – and we have been in a mood to celebrate it. We have been involved in a lot of Eclipse related events in the past, but wanted to do something special this year.

If you are in Boston, come join us next week. We will be having free pizza, beer and even a birthday cake. We will have a bunch of people who really know Eclipse inside-out and will be showcasing a bunch of the cool technology being built these days.

Time and Location: We have planned to have the event on 17 November 2011 at 6:30PM, at Constant Contact, (Reservoir Place, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451 – see on map).

More details on the Architexa Company Updates.

 

50 Articles on Code, Architecture, Agile, and Large Codebases

Posted in About on June 29th, 2011 by Seth RosenBe the first to comment

33: Happy 50th Birthday

Today Architexa’s “Working With Large Codebases” blog has posted it’s 50th post. While not a huge number, we are excited to see the response to so many of our articles for helping developers work with Eclipse, with agile teams, use design patterns, and document and communicate ideas  with developer tools and diagrams.

Architexa has been working on the performance of our diagramming tools, and conducting user studies to find more about what it takes for a developer to understand code. We have also been improving our Open Source documentation site codemaps.org.

With all the articles out there helping developers understand code, we were wondering what type of information you would like to see more of?

Creative Commons License photo credit: Imagery by Pete

We are looking forward to providing much more interesting content in the coming months. Please let us know what you would like to see. Send us your favorite articles from our site or across the web.

 

Supporting Open Source at Architexa

Posted in About on December 16th, 2010 by Vineet Sinha1 Comment

We are working hard to help developers easily understand and document code. One thing that we have noticed is that the open source community continually faces challenges in these areas. New developers join projects frequently and at times committers have to leave a project. Without quality documentation code can quickly deteriorate.

We are great supporters of Open Source Software and have wanted to contribute by making it easier for developers and the community to document their code. As of today, we are providing free licenses for the Architexa Suite to those willing to upload good documentation, add comments, and vote on good diagrams every week. We will also appreciate it if you can give us feedback on what would make the Architexa Suite more useful for you.

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The hard part in ‘changing the world’

Posted in About on November 22nd, 2010 by Vineet Sinha1 Comment

The great part about being a coder is that we like building software that will make a difference. And not just that, we like taking on hard development challenges to build out simple solutions. Bringing these solutions to those that can benefit from them is another challenge in itself; one that many developers often have not had any experience with. Sure you can throw your code up on source-forge and hope people find it but if you really want to change the world you often have to put in a little more. read more »

 

Focusing on Developer Needs: Architectural Design, Understanding, and Documentation

Posted in About, Agile & Development Methodologies, Developer Tools on November 3rd, 2010 by Seth RosenBe the first to comment

One of the nice things about launching a tool is the opportunity it allows in talking to our users. Over the last 3+ months we have spent a great deal of time talking to development teams about Architexa, and have gotten a great deal of insight not only into what they like and don’t like about Architexa, but more importantly, what pains they have felt. The consensus is clear: while developers do need to focus on coding on a day-to-day basis, to be successful on a long term they need to worry about the parts of the system that are shared between team members. These worries where what we focused on for the most recent release (v2) or Architexa.
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