Roxer Goes Live!

So once upon a time, back when I had a “real” job, I used to do security (specifically webappsec) for a living. One of the shining lights in that world for a long time has been Jeremiah Grossman, and as I moved out to the Bay Area, I was lucky enough to meet him in person. We’ve kept up here and there, and while his company has grown at a furious rate, he’s somehow found time to continue to publish important original research, travel more than any human really should, and generally kick ass….oh…and build an awesome Dojo-based product on the side.

Jeremiah and Lex must really not sleep, ’cause their new Roxer app makes me all giddy to play with. Yes, yes, you should separate style from content…oh fuck it all. When it’s this easy and fun to build a web page, who cares? I loathe wikis, mostly because traditional wikis try to be “half-pregnant” about how what you write gets displayed. Roxer solves that essential failure in one easy step, and makes it enjoyable to boot.

Think of it as the anti-blogging tool. It’s not set up with expectations that you’ll be doing this or that with it, it’s there for you to do stuff. I literally cannot wait until it’s hooked up with some love to access web services and the like. It’s not a programming platform, and maybe that’s what’s great about it. Can’t wait to see how it evolves and how they’ll open up the (apparently pluggable?) content type system.

Great work guys!


  1. Posted January 22, 2008 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks VERY much again for the kind words, but you forgot that I also helped write a book during the last year. :) So to answer you question, I sleep, last week even! Hah.

    Good comparison to wiki’s. I hate them actually, but still use them for lack of a better option. Once we get domain hosting and a permissions system in place, maybe Roxer will be the next killer app in the wiki/cms segment.

    We’re also salivating to make Roxer into a technology platform with a web-based IDE. Where developers can access various Dojo and Roxer APIs to create their own Boxes (widgets). This will make it really take off, I can’t wait!

    Its awesome that everyone sees the potential in the same way. Thanks for the post!

  2. Posted January 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Hey Thanks Alex, I’m glad you’re having fun with it. It’s been a fun project to work on. Heh, yeah, I don’t sleep anymore but I distinctly remember what it felt like.

    Ah, yes, – We have something functionally similar that’s been limping along for awhile. I can finally put it out of it’s misery and replace it. This will be very cool, and I’ll be sure you let you know when it’s working.

    Thanks for such a great library!

  3. Bob Haugen
    Posted January 27, 2008 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    Jeremiah, why do you hate wikis? Wiki markup “languages”? (Ok, I understand. Those were a birthmark, not the main idea.)

    But the main benefits in my experience were to freely edit pages, freely create new pages, and easily hyperlink pages.