TIBET™ 5.0 is now available. Get started at https://technicalpursuit.com.
You can see TIBET in action in our introductory “Why TIBET?” video, browse the extensive documentation and white papers or, if you just can’t wait to dig into some code, check out the TIBET repository on GitHub.
For some background on what’s gone into bringing you TIBET 5.0 read on :)
The Early Days
TIBET 5.0 is now available.
Such a simple sentence, but those of you who have followed our journey to TIBET 5.0 from the early days of the web perhaps have some sense of what it means for us to announce with full confidence that TIBET, the project William J. Edney and I started in July of 1999, is now a 5.x production-ready reality.
TIBET 1.0 shipped in January of 2001. Our vision far outpaced what web browsers of the time (Netscape 4.0, IE4) delivered in terms of performance, but as you can see below we weren’t short on ambition:
Shortly after the 1.0 release the “Internet Bubble” burst and things went dark.
The AJAX Era
That was our first, but certainly not our last, experience with the real problem facing most web development projects…recruiting.
With TIBET 3.0 we were forced to re-imagine how development might work when focusing on markup-based authoring. The “halo”, “connectors”, and a number of other features in the TIBET Sherpa™ started out in 3.0:
In May of 2006, with TIBET 3.0 in pre-release form, we were invited to give a talk at the inaugural AJAX Experience conference in San Francisco, CA.
Scott Dietzen, successful CTO/CEO of BEA, Zimbra, and Pure Storage, asked the keynote audience there “What’s the hardest AJAX problem?” His answer? “Recruiting.” We just nodded. We’d heard that one all too often.
We chose not to ship 3.0 that year. While we’d done the hard work of making authoring in markup a reality the other reality was called IE6.
Thank You Google
Google Chrome changed everything.
Chrome is the foundation of a number of compelling options for application development: Node.js, Electron, even the latest Microsoft Edge (Chromium) browser rely on Chrome’s high-performance JS engine.
The long wait is finally over.
Which brings us to today.
TIBET 5.0 is now available.
With all that time to reflect and refine things, TIBET 5.0 is more than we could have hoped for. We believe it’s the most complete, most innovative, and most importantly, most productive development platform for the web.
TIBET 5.0 is a markup-first authoring platform, one you interact with live, in-situ. With TIBET you work “top-down” building as you go. You “teach” TIBET about your new tags, their features, their behavior, their data bindings. All from what we think is the most revolutionary web IDE ever created…
The TIBET Sherpa™:
The Sherpa’s heads-up display lets you interact with your application and its structure, style, behavior, and bindings while your application runs. Changes you make in the client can be pushed to the server. Changes you make on the server are reflected immediately in the client — without reloading the page.
Play with the Sherpa for five minutes and we guarantee you’ll never think about authoring web applications the same way again.
The End Of The Beginning
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. — Winston Churchill
Where do we go from here? Well, that’s up to you…
We’ve put everything we’ve learned over 20+ years of enterprise-class web development into TIBET. From the CLI to the Server, the Workflow System to the Sherpa. The tools, processes, and IDE we always wished we had for the web having been spoiled by NeXT and Smalltalk. That’s TIBET 5.0.
Now it’s time for you to take it, apply it, and tell us what you need next; how we can make it even better at solving the real problems you run into every day trying to bring your applications to life on the web.
Technical Pursuit and TIBET are open for business!
— Team TIBET