A big announcement from Resolver

1 October 2010

So, I’ve let various hints drop over the last few months, but we did the official annoucement today: a new product from Resolver, called Dirigible (thanks to Wikipedia’s “Random page” link :-). It’s been in private beta for a few weeks, and we decided it was time to get the news out there about it. As to what it is… our tagline is that it is “a spreadsheet-like tool for Python grid computing“. That’s kind of fuzzy (and probably needs a bit of work), but what I do want to make clear is what it’s not: it is not just a web-based version of Resolver One, our desktop Python spreadsheet.

Instead, it’s something much more developer-focused, built from the ground up — sharing code with Resolver One, of course, but not trying to duplicate it. To quote the official annoucement:

We took the things from Resolver One that made software developers say “wow” — like Python-based formulae, objects in the grid, and the ability to treat a spreadsheet as a function and call it from another sheet. Then we worked out what we could make better by coding just those things as a web application backed by traditional Python — not IronPython — on a grid of Linux servers.

You can read more about Dirigible and how it relates to Resolver One on the company blog, or there’s a more concise version on the product’s own web page. If you’d like to try it out, there’s a signup form on the main Dirigible page; we’re keeping beta user numbers small for now, but building up as we gain confidence that we’ve not done anything totally stupid with regard to security or scalabity…

I think everyone at Resolver’s done a great job in putting it all together — of course, being able to share code with Resolver One helped a lot :-) And I’m sure that Dirigible’s going to be a great addition to the company’s product line.