Tracker Beta!

My work on Dojo isn’t solely the product of a gigantic sleep deficit. Were it not for the generous support of JotSpot, the application platform cleverly disguised as a wiki, I think Dojo might not be a reality today.

Jot’s support has been massive and prolonged, and over the past year we’ve built multiple features and products on top of the wiki platform that use Dojo in some way. This past monday we took the wraps off of our most heavily Dojo-based product yet: Tracker, a tool for doing lightweight list-like collaboration on the web. Think of each line in a Tracker “spreadsheet” as a wiki page which you can allow anyone to edit and attach things like images and files to. Spreadsheet++, if you will.

As the word “Beta” implies, we know there are a lot of the sharp edges and are working hard on getting them rounded off for you, but please do give it a try. If it doesn’t keep you from firing up another instance of Excel for tracking a small list of things, we’d love to know why.


  1. Posted January 11, 2006 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    That’s really neat Alex and a very good advert for dojo! I really like the copy and paste from Excel feature.

    Are there any plans to support the Excel charts?

  2. Chris
    Posted January 11, 2006 at 7:33 am | Permalink


    As an aside, the link in your post above doesn’t work – using http instead of href.

    My main question is why, on account creation, do you limit the password length to 12 characters (at least in the client validation)?

    I’m getting increasingly frustrated by sites that put an upper limit (especially a low upper limit) on password fields. Out of genuine interest, I wonder if there are technical reasons that this is done?

    Apart from that it looks good.


  3. Posted January 11, 2006 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Link fixed. Thanks.

  4. Posted January 11, 2006 at 10:01 am | Permalink


    We’ve been using Tracker already at my company, for things like tracking job applicants, potential customers, etc. It works great! We’ll probably pay up for a subscription, as we keep on wanting to have more than 2 (which is the free limit).

    I was wondering: how hard is it to write javascript code that lets you Ctrl-V to paste code into a widget? Clearly that is a desired feature for a web spreadsheet (or text editor), but Writely is the only web office application that seems to have implemented it, which tells me that it’s at least hard to do.


  5. Posted January 11, 2006 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Alex could you push for a nice “demo” url so users could just go to and be logged into a demo account? Would make it very nice for users just interested the ajax/technology side of things, but don’t want to sign up for a full account.