Easy Database Apps Builders

As a business start-up owner, many of us still thinks that excel is enough for me for customer information and mini CRM, but it is valid only when you have limited usage. When you grow advance, the excel misses several functions like access control, sharing, maintaining central security of data, storing media etc.

Database driven application resolves this limitation by provides stable alternates. Corporates usually hire some IT team and give them requirements for app. But when some one need quick and budget friendly solution, easy option is to use some kind of database application makers. Here i want to share my working, while doing some research on database application builders.

Basic searching idea was, they should be built for business users. No coding and programming skills requirements.

Good:
http://www.caspio.com/
https://www.zoho.com/creator/
https://www.knackhq.com/

Average:
https://www.nubuilder.net/
http://awareim.com/
http://creator.ifreetools.com/
http://bigprof.com/appgini/
http://www.elevatesoft.com/products?category=ewb
http://www.viravis.com/
http://www.longtion.com/dbappbuilder/dbappbuilder.html

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Mylyn: Task-focused interface

Mylyn is a task-focused interface[Image] for Eclipse that reduces information overload and makes multi-tasking easy. It does this by making tasks a first class part of Eclipse, and integrating rich and offline editing for repositories such as Bugzilla, Trac, and JIRA. Once your tasks are integrated, Mylyn monitors your work activity to identify relevant information, and uses this task context to focus the user interface on the task-at-hand. This puts the information you need at your fingertips and improves productivity by reducing searching, scrolling, and navigation. By making task context explicit Mylyn also facilitates multitasking, planning, reusing past efforts, and sharing expertise.

Mylyn 3.1 Screenshot

Agile Design Tool for prototyping Rich User Interfaces

Fluid Information Architecture? fluidIA is an emerging agile design tool for prototyping rich user interfaces. The big idea behind this experiment is whether we as interaction designers, IA’s, UX professionals and developers can create our own prototyping tool in an open way.

here is the link …
http://www.fluidia.org/

Scrum Excel Sheets – Free Scrum Tool Option

I was doing some research (and it’s in-progress) on using free tools for scrum at office … so there are some options using excel files. As we can use excel files for such purpose.
Here are my findings …

1. Scrum for self

An Excel sheet to help you plan one-man Scrum for weekly sprints.

Screenshot of Excel

http://vsbabu.org/mt/archives/2006/12/25/scrum_for_self.html

2. Bas Vodde Templates

collected and published examples and templates of the Scrum product and Sprint backlogs. @ http://www.odd-e.com/home_page/html_files/bl_example.html

Product backlogs:

  1. A backlog from a company starting with a “c”.
    Download from here
  2. Product backlog provided by Craig Larman
    Download product backlog from here

Sprint backlogs:

  1. Sprint backlog from PFA Denmark provided by Jens Ostergaard.
    Download from here
  2. Sprint backlog provided by Richard Banks
    Download from here
  3. Sprint backlog provided by Craig Larman
    Download iteration backlog from here
  4. Spint backlog provided by Hubert Smits
    Download from here

Free Tool for Product Improvement Ideas

There is a tool called “V1: Agile Ideas – Give Customers a Voice” @ https://ideaspace.versionone.com/default.

It’s really an expensive tool which comes with V1: Agile Enterprise and used to share product improvement / enhancement ideas. Almost like Google Ideas

V1:Agile Ideas

I saw a related tool for ideas sharing on web used by Google Internally

Google Ideas looks like a forum to submit new product ideas. Others can then rate the product (from “Great idea! Make it so” to “Dangerous or harmful if implemented”) or discuss it, and there’s also a “buzz” factor to evaluate the usefulness of a suggestion.

http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2008-03-12-n39.html

Now The Free Solution:

How i see these tool is nothing but a simple wordpress blog, and a comment themes + voting plugin + few more …

Possible wordpress themes could be …

1 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/prologue
screenshot
A group blog theme for short update messages, inspired by Twitter.

2.http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/p2
screenshot
A group blog theme for short update messages, inspired by Twitter. Featuring: Hassle-free posting from the front page. Perfect for group blogging,

Some Voting Plugins are available here

1.http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vote-it-up/
vote-it-up screenshot 1

2. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vote2publish

vote2publish screenshot 1

3. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vote-it/

  1. vote-it screenshot 2Plugin in action

By this combination, we can setup a company’s internal ideas application free of cost. As wordpress is a Open source PHP application, it can also be integrated in any ERP or related tool.

What are the best ‘Agile Project Management Tools’ available?

Few days back, i was doing a research on what are the best agile project management tools are available in the market. In that, i downloaded free versions of those tools and collected few screenshots of them. Here i’m sharing it up thinking that it may help some one in similar scenario.

Target Process

taget

Mingle

Product Tour

Mingle Grid View

WoodRanch Agile Projects

http://www.agilewrap.com/

Version One

Rally Dev

Learn how Rally can help you succeed with Agile in these role-based product demonstrations for Managers, Developers and Testers.

5602_Developers_1248582147893

Agile Buddy

http://www.agilebuddy.com/tour

agilebuddy

OnTime

BaseCamp

http://www.basecamphq.com

Extreme Planner

According to http://weblogs.asp.net/wallen/archive/2008/02/05/agile-pm-tool-costs.aspx

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Comments are more than welcome … (smile)