Open letter to our community

Hello friend,

This letter is going out to everyone in our network, but especially to you in our open source development community. Many of you have been involved with us since the very beginning, when Philippe and I were working on GWTP as part of puzzlebazar. As we became Arcbees and continued to develop tools and best practices for ourselves, we have continued to share and develop them with you. We are proud of what this community has accomplished, and we are grateful for everything we have learned from you in the process.

We are enjoying our business adventure so far, and wish to do even more in the future. Our open source initiatives have always been our top priority, but we do face a challenge faced by many other open source startups. We need to move from a service business to a product business and we want to dedicate a team to work on our open source projects, to improve our tools faster, offer commercial clients the best support experience and continue our involvement with our community.

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This is why I want to reach out to ask for your help! We’ve put together a brief survey asking critical questions that we hope will help us improve our support offering. I also welcome you to contact me directly if you want to share feedback without feeling constrained by the survey. I’d be very happy to speak with anybody who has ideas they want to share with me!

Please fill out the survey and/or contact me directly.

Thank you for your help!

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ArcBees est fière de présenter la 1ère édition du Tech&Whisky!

Ne manquez pas la 1ère édition du Tech&Whisky présentée par ArcBees, en collaboration avec Québec International, la VETIQ et la JCCQ qui aura lieu le 4 novembre prochain!

Il s’agit d’une occasion unique de découvrir le monde centenaire et mystérieux du Whisky, en compagnie des pros de l’équipe de Whisking, tout en réseautant avec des startup du domaine des technos.

Les places sont limitées alors ne tardez pas et inscrivez-vous en ligne dès maintenant!

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Are you ready for GAE-Studio?

I’m really excited today to share the tool with you that has helped us the most in developing Google App Engine web applications over the past two years: GAE-Studio! Most of us have had trouble managing local data through the GAE admin console in development mode. Non indexed columns aren’t shown, the table that displays your values can get ugly as it expands from left to right, and you can’t easily add, remove or modify values.

Those problems can all be left behind now, thanks to GAE-Studio! Some lucky beta users will be invited to use it for free, while we tweak the application based on what we learn from their usage. A full release will follow, after we add the features our closed beta users most asked for.

So keep your eyes on your inbox; the first set of invitations will be sent really shortly!

In the meanwhile, thanks for your support and your patience over the past few months. I and all the other Bees in the Hive know we’re really lucky to have your participation and support. If you didn’t subscribe to our beta, it is still time and can be done through our GAE-Studio website.

Have a great days fellas!

New GWTP milestone, GWTP 1.0

Today, we’re pleased to announce a new milestone – the launch of a major new version of GWTP. Over the past three years, we’ve had incredible input and collaboration across the GWTP community. We’ve also heard from GWTP users around the world, developing awesome and innovative web applications. All have contributed to making GWTP the solid, professional web application development framework it is today. All have helped make it one of the most-used GWT MVP frameworks in the world. Thank you all for your insights and collaboration.

We added many major new features in the update from GWTP 0.7 to 1.0. Here are just some of the improvements we made:

You can find the migration document here.

We are also launching a new GWTP website: gwtp.arcbees.com. The new site describes core product features, and introduces warranty protection packages for business users.

We believe in GWTP, and use it ourselves to build mission-critical business applications. We want you to have same confidence we do. Purchase a protection package, and we will both backup your projects and provide a warranty against platform defects. If some defect in GWTP threatens your product or your delivery schedule, we will investigate immediately, remedy the situation, and assume responsibility for the disruption. We trust that GWTP works as documented, and will stand behind that promise so you can be confident too.

Despite this new release, and the countless web applications that have been developed using GWTP over the years, we’re far from being out of ideas for further development. Join our open source network, and be part of the ongoing story of the evolution of GWTP.

Exactly three weeks from today, we will set up a Google Hangout to share the future of GWTP. We have a lot we want to discuss, and would highly value your input and participation.

See you in three weeks, and happy coding!

Jukito 1.2 is out!

It’s been a while since we had a release of Jukito and I’m excited to say that we finally released a new version! Jukito 1.2. Jukito is heavily used in GWTP for all unit test and is really an awesome product that can tag along your front end development as well as your backend development.

One new big feature has been added in Jukito 1.2 and it’s the ability to use Named @All. You can find the documentation on this new feature here: https://github.com/ArcBees/Jukito/wiki/@All

A complete list of what has been fixed from Jukito 1.1.2 here:
https://github.com/ArcBees/Jukito/issues?milestone=1&state=closed

For a high level tour of Jukito to I invite your to its official website:
http://jukito.arcbees.com/

Special thanks to przemekgalazka, sclassen, +Maxime Mériouma-Caron and +Brandon Donnelson that have greatly contributed to this release.

One new guys is enough?

Obviously, NO …

We have new projects on their way and we keep looking for good guys. One of them is named Driss and join the Hive last week. Why do we need him? GWT is going more and more popular and so many peoples want our expertise. Driss is the man who will help us to response to this demand and delivery high quality code. And yes, code quality does matter for all of us.

All those new guys are awesome… If you need help in your current or future project, just drop us an email

Welcome in our team Driss.

The Hive is Growing

The Hive is Growing

We are looking all the time for talented and passionate guys and we have found one …

We are pleased to announce a new bee joining us. Brandon Donnelson climbed aboard in the beginning of February 2012. He is involved in the GWT community for some time and has developed many projects. He has the principal qualities required to be a bee, knowledgeable, thorough and a hard worker.

We are sure that Brandon will accomplish great thing in the Hive and he will prove once again that choosing ArcBees is the right pick to build your application.

All the Hive join me to welcome you and we wish him success

See ya next year Google I/O !

It’s been an incredible trip to San Francisco. We arrived Saturday afternoon and spent some time visiting the city before Google I/O. For some of us, like myself, it was our first time in San Francisco and we were stunned by the beauty of the city! On Monday we attended the boot camp and it gave us a chance to meet early on with many great developers. We then attended a mini-summit at Google’s office where we had an opportunity to learn more about some of the coolest projects being built on GWT today. We also met with some of the core developers on GWT as well as some of the most influential members of the community and, guess what, it’s packed full of very friendly and very knowledgeable people. No wonder the open source GWT scene is so flourishing!

Then, on Tuesday, Google I/O proper began.  What an event! From the start the organization appeared flawless, even though the crowd was huge, all the details seemed right even. Well, ok, save for the WiFi… Day one started with the first keynote, where we learned about the future of Android and received the new Galaxy Tab 10.1. Following this, it was time for us to hit the session Philippe was giving together with David Chandler and Jeff Schnitzer. Wow, the room was packed and they even had to refuse some people at the door! I want to thank everyone one who attended Highlighly Productive GWT, as well as those of you who missed it but watched the YouTube version. After the sessions we met many users of GWT-Platform as well as a enthusiasts who wanted to give it a try. Tuesday’s after hours event was totally crazy, lots of robots, Google’s self-driving car, and tons of geeky bleeding edges gizmos that were just fun to watch and try.

Day two was also filled with a lot of interesting sessions. The conference boasted many interesting sessions on GWT but, unfortunatly, I could not attend every single one of them so I’m trying to catch up on some of what I missed on YouTube, please let me know of your favorite session in the comments, to make sure I don’t miss it.  On Wednesday night I had the chance to have dinner with some the finest GWT experts like David Chandler, Jeff Larsen, Pierre-Laurent Coirier, Kyle Baley and others. I had a really great time with them and it was fun to share ideas and just get to know everyone.

Google I/O is finished and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event! See ya next year Google I/O, see ya later San Francisco and I hope to see all of you, GWT and GAE fans, very soon someway or another! Meanwhile, the net and its various forums will have to do…

We won the regional event

We’re proud to announce that we won the first prize in the Technological and Technical Innovation category at the regional final of the Quebec Entrepreneurship Competition. This second step secures us a place for the last event, the provincial final, wich will be held on June 16th. Wish us luck!

C’est avec fierté que nous vous annonçons avoir gagné le premier prix catégorie Innovation technologique lors de la finale régional du Concours Québécois en Entrepreneuriat. Cette deuxième étape nous permet de nous qualifier pour la dernière, la finale provinciale de l’événement, qui aura lieu de le 16 juin prochain. Souhaitez-nous bonne chance!

Official web site release date

We would like to announce that our official web site will be lauched officially May 6th in May. You can already get a sneak peak here : hive.arcbees.com. Our development blog will still be available and a summary will be shown from the main page of our official web site.

Nous aimerions vous annoncer que notre site officiel sera lancé officiellement le 6 mai en mai. Vous pouvez déjà avoir un aperçu au hive.arcbees.com. Notre blog de développement sera toujours disponible et vous pourrez avoir un résumé de ce que nous publions du site web officiel.