So I’ve been experimenting with this powerful web product called Caspio. It allows a novice user to create interactive databases without any programming knowledge. Some database familiarity is still required, but over all, this product tremendously simplifies the process of putting data online. I haven’t found their pricing info yet. Let’s hope it isn’t too expensive.
To show just what is possible, I created a database of 2007 Illinois School Spending Data. The data itself comes from iLearn and it took me just over 2 hours to set up my online database. Next time, it shouldn’t take nearly so long!
A debate I’m always having in my head is whether to use Joomla or WordPress when developing a new site. I love WordPress. It is definitely my weapon of choice. But there are limitations.
For one, the back-end still functions very much like a blog in that the primary content distinction is between Posts and Pages. While this is not really a problem, it can confuse some novice users into think WordPress isn’t capable of accomplishing their needs.
It is truly remarkable how quickly the internet is changing our lives. Just a few short years ago, I would not have been able to start my own business. The means of communication and promotion was just too expensive. And if I had been able to start a business, my reach would have been confined to my immediate neighborhood.
Now, I have a global market. Sure, it’s more in theory than in practice. I can hardly fly to Guam to upgrade someone’s system from XP to Vista. But the possibility is there nonetheless. And just think how amazing it will be a decade from now. I will likely be able to work on a client’s computer no matter where they are, even Guam!!!