Laravel Software Generator

The tantalizing question is, is there a software that can generate another software automatically, rendering programmers useless?The answer is no, but the problem with software houses, tech startups, Enterprise IT departments (WGS included) are that they tend to spend time and money developing basic functionalities, instead of dwelling directly into the unique and innovative functionalities the product has to offer.

When I’m talking basic functionalities, it extends more than CRUD. There are many admin function plugins such as (for Laravel PHP framework) Bauhaus, Laravel CRUD, FrozenNode, Pingpong-labs Admin, Rapyd Laravel, Stevemo Cpanel, and RAW; However, to operate them you need to use command line interface and manually create the configuration files; they provide only basic CRUD functionalities and not a whole application you can preview live.

There are other products that are more than just an admin plugin – they are software generators – for example SynApp2, AppGini, Scriptcase, CodeCharge, Xlinesoft. None of them is cloud based, and they dont allow the source code to be downloaded. Also the code isnt based on popular framework like Laravel, so even if the source code is provided, maintaining it will be a challenge.

What if we have a superior software that is able to generate another software, and can cut down time spent on basic functionalities, so overall product development is 40% to 70% faster? WGS, my Enterprise solution company, has been leveraging our own software generator on several of its projects. It not only reduces time spent, but also improves quality (bug free for the basic modules). WGS has also been able to impress potential customers with a functional prototype early in the presales process.

We believe that by sharing this great tool, it is gonna be very useful for the programming (especially PHP Laravel) community.

Smart City in Indonesia – implementation challenges and solution

Thanks to Ajun, the Mayor’s IT assistant, I am invited to become a founding member of Bandung Smart City council. It is an honor to become part of this exciting endeavor, along with big names like Ilham Habibie, officers from Telkom, high-profile lecturers from ITB, and other tech entrepreneurs.Smart city includes e-government initiatives. While that’s purely software (and thus easier except for the implementation part!), I’m gonna talk about the infrastructure part of Smart City, all these smart sensors that define a city smart. My anchor point is Santander, the prototype of smart city in northern Spain. It has sensors for traffic control, waste management, water quality, air pollution, energy efficiency, public bus location, etc.

Can an Indonesian city follow? There are a few inherent challenges:

  1. Budgeting. Can the government budget this in an efficient, clean manner?
  2. Execution. It will need a tremendous effort to install these thousands sensors.
  3. Theft. In Indonesia, these sensors are at high risk of loss due to theft and vandalism.
  4. Power. How do we power these sensors efficiently?
  5. Connectivity. Too expensive if we need to pay Telcos for sending sensor data to the cloud?
Now that Internet of Things (IoT) is taking off, the solution is around the corner.
  • What if we can build a platform and ecosystem where people can contribute in buying these sensors as part of their contribution to the city?
  • What if we can build a DIY sensors and gateways for the people to install themselves?
  • What if we can build these devices as cheap as possible (less than $20) and thus reducing the motivation of theft?
  • What if we can use Radio frequency to transmit data so even a single AA battery can last a year?
  • What if we use people’s home internet connection for the gateway to send sensor data to the cloud?
This is what me and partner Martin are trying to solve through Geeknesia, our own contribution to society. Support us so we can realize Smart City in our cities by submitting preorder 🙂

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