Milestones…

Coming up shortly in the development of Enterprise are a few milestones that have gotten me to stop and ponder. Normally I am not very nostalgic about such things but they seem to be piling up upon each other lately. First we have another version of Enterprise coming out, 12r7. Not a big deal to me, just another feature set and deadline. Actually it is big deal but I’ll let our marketing department hype it up. Second is more of a developer geeky thing, our 10,000th code check-in is fast approaching. Another few days and we’ll hit the magic number. Maybe I’ll give away a Best Buy gift card to the lucky developer. Third is the one that hits me the most. This June will be the third anniversary of Enterprise. It became a glimmer in our eyes during the Microsoft PDC show in Oct. 2005. We were excited by the new technology .NET 3.0 was enabling us with. WPF caught our eye and we haven’t looked back. So with me feeling nostalgic I thought I might dig up some old media I have collected over the years of Enterprise development.

To begin our trip, here is the first project spec of what we set out to achieve in Enterprise.

ledger sheets

GodsFinger

Paper based solution

A miracle happens…

TempWorks Enterprise

It was more than three steps but I like to tell that story. To begin with we had to sell the idea of what we wanted to do with the rest of the company. We knew we needed to get off the Access development platform and this was our chance. Actually it was our third chance but that is another story for another time.

From January 2006 to June 2006 a few of us developers went into seclusion and worked on our “Skunk Works” project. Nobody knew what we were up to and strangely not many people asked what we working on. Truthfully, I think people get sick of asking what were doing because we would launch into some C# mumble jumble, they get that glazed look in their eyes and then walk away.

In June 2006 we launched Enterprise (then code named “FX”) upon the employees of TempWorks. It was kind of a fun event where we got everyone together, talked about some new products we were working on like DocCenter and TwMobile. Then we launched this video on a huge projector screen.

After the video introduction we gave out TempWorks FX tee shirts to everyone. We on the FX dev team made it a big event for the company. Heck, at least people got a free lunch out of the deal. At the time I wanted to make a big deal out of what we had done. I thought it as a paradigm shift in our company’s development efforts. Looking back at it now, it was.

To continue our trip thru history, here are some screen shots of the evolution of Enterprise.

The prototype you see in the video:
FX_Main

Internal working version for 2006/2007:
FX_Main5

Version shown at Staffing World 2007:
FX_Main6

The dark ages (early 2008):
FX_Main7

Current version, debuted at Staffing World 2008:
FX_Main8

Anyway, here we are today, three years of development, 10,000 code check-ins, and 7 releases later. Time does fly.

Thank you Aaron Nottestad, Matt Sonnenberg, Jeff Bradford, Jason McCord, Eric Anderson, and Eric Rodewald for your efforts on developing Enterprise.

-Paul

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