What have I been doing for 10 months?
I’ve gotten a number of emails asking for part 2 of the ValidationLabel post that I wrote 10 months ago, and a number of people have said there’s problems with the sample code on aapl.codeplex.com/ and asked for updated code samples. Sorry about that. There is a reason I’ve dropped off the face of the earth for the last year.
That reason is HireFlo. I took all of the principles I’ve been discussing here, the techniques for creating an architecture that embraces change and can quickly adapt to massive changes to the application, and I put them into practice with my own startup. HireFlo is an Applicant Tracking System designed for the small business market. It takes all the tools that recruiters use like jobsites, aggregators, social networks, resume databases, and wraps them up in a simple app designed for small business users who probably don’t even know that most of those tools exist.
I’ve been building HireFlo for about 18 months. It’s an ASP.NET MVC app that uses AAPL for persistence, and I have to say the MVC and AAPL combination has been a huge success. I’m on version 4 of the app and I’ve made some massive changes since version 1. That’s what happens in startups, and why an architecture that embraces change but can still scale, is so incredibly important. Each time I’ve made major changes, MVC and AAPL have made the experience as quick and painless as possible.
So anyway HireFlo is up. It’s been officially launched since August 2011 but I would say the real launch was end of December 2011 when I released version 4 of the app and the redesigned marketing site. So far there about 300 companies using it. It’s a start.
What’s coming next
So the first thing I need to do is write Part 2 of my last post. This part details how to take a helper method and turn it into a strongly typed helper method by using expressions and lambdas because…. well because doing that is awesome. After that I’ve got a lot of tech problems that I’m solving for HireFlo and I’d like to share them. I just need to find some time and get back on a somewhat regular schedule. BTW, I’d also be happy to give updates on HireFlo if you’re interested. Just let me know. -rudy