December 19, 2006
Spotfire DecisionSite 9.0 – now available
Earlier this month Spotfire DecisionSite 9.0 became available for download for Spotfire customers. This release includes a huge number of improvements in our analytics capabilities; see http://www.spotfire.com/products/whatsnew.cfm and the PDF Whats_New_in_DecisionSite_9.pdf available from that page, for an overview of the new stuff.
The main driver for choosing what to implement in this version has been to improve the analytical capabilities in general and to simplify handling of wide data sets in particular.
We started out just about a year ago by mining our internal knowledge base with enhancement requests and unresolved issues. This gave us a lot of ideas of areas of the product, where improved functionality would give a lot of customer value.
With the resources available, we decided that we should invest in improving the analytical capabilities by:
- Simplify handling of a huge number of columns in the data; to achieve this, we set up the goal that it should be possible to analyze data with 10000 columns.
- Improving the handling of color ranges and categorical coloring.
- Improve label drawing in plots.
- Improve overall performance.
These high level goals resulted in a major refactoring of many components that have been around for almost a decade now and we are now well positioned for improving the product even further in future releases.
We have also exposed quite a lot of new exciting capabilities for our API users.
November 26, 2006
Spotfire DecisionSite - a new version will soon be out
Soon we will launch the next major release of Spotfire DecisionSite.
This release includes a lot of good stuff, which will make life a lot easier for end users and developers extending the platform. Stay tuned for the formal announcement on http://www.spotfire.com.
October 5, 2006
Scripting languages and .Net
Up until very recently there has been a gap in the integration of the .Net framework with the old style Windows environment, but with the release of IronPhyton 1.0 (http://www.codeplex.com/Wiki/View.aspx?ProjectName=IronPython) we have gotten quite close to the freedom offered by JScript in regards of doing rapid prototyping and low cost automation of common tasks. For more information see the MSDN article "CLR inside out". (http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/10/CLRInsideOut/)