You might have noticed that we haven’t posted anything to this blog lately.
That’s not because we’re lazy. That’s not the only reason, anyway. It’s because we’ve been busy taking some of our thoughts on incrementality, hidden power, and the long tail of radically tailorable software, and turning them into code.
We’re pretty happy with where we’ve gotten so far, and we’re ready to share what we’re doing with a few more people. So as of today, we’re collecting email addresses on the Smallthought front page, and we plan to start sending out beta invites over the coming weeks as capacity allows. At the same time, we’ll be posting some screenshots, movies, and descriptions to this blog to give everyone a peek at what we’ve been doing and why.
So, what have we been working on? We’re calling it Dabble, with emphasis on the Db: it’s a database system for dabblers. We’d naturally be happy if professional developers, DBAs, and business analysts find our system useful, but we won’t be satisfied until we have something that works for everyone in the millions of small businesses and teams for whom data management is purely a sideline, a necessary evil of doing whatever line of work they’re really in.
But more than that: Dabble is for everyone that wants to experiment with their data, evolve it, explore it, improve it incrementally and interactively. We like to think that Dabble is to most database systems as finger paints or plasticine are to granite and chisel: something that lets you stick your hands in your data, roll it around, play with it, and most importantly, never set in stone.