Bungee offers hosted software development

Developers can build, host apps using the Bungee Connect on-demand 'platform-as-a-service' system

Bungee also provides a way to mash up with other Web services, Gardner said. Bungee is "on to something" that is a harbinger of things to come in creating a seamless relationship between development and deployment, he said.

As part of its launch, Bungee is offering reference applications, including a calendar application, WideLens, which integrates Microsoft Exchange, Salesforce.com, Google Calendar, and other sources. These applications serve as examples of integration offered on Bungee Connect; source code for the applications can be imported into any Bungee Connect account, modified, and used in commercial endeavors.

AJAX-enabled applications can be built and embedded within other Web applications, in SaaS solutions, or offered as a stand-alone Web destination.

Interactivity is delivered via AJAX but developers themselves do not write any AJAX. They use the Bungee Logic programming language for building application logic while the UI is built using a drag-and-drop metaphor. Bungee Logic features a C-style syntax and acts like Microsoft's Visual Studio development platform, Hintze said.

"We automate AJAX interactivity," while developers focus on creating applications and value, Ball said.

Development, collaboration and test deployment are free of charge on Bungee Connect; developers only pay when applications are used. Through a utility-based pricing model, businesses can expect to pay between US$2 to US$5 per user per month for a heavily used business productivity application or fractions of a cent per e-commerce transaction.

Bungee's grid infrastructure provides data on application usage patterns. Applications are hosted free during the Bungee Connect Public Beta program. The public beta program is expected to continue until the end of 2008, whereupon Bungee would launch the general release of its service.

"And [then] the world is a different place," Ball said. Some 40 developers worked to deliver Bungee Connect, according to Bungee Labs.

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