JotSpot

A couple of weeks ago I first heard of “JotSpot”:http://www.jot.com. JotSpot is yet another wiki implementation, yet tries to take the wiki to the next level, by extending it to a “developer platform”. Its main way to do this is trough adding structure to pages, which in wikis traditionally have been free-form.

On the basis JotSpot is a nice wiki implementation which allows WYSIWYG(What You See Is What You Get) editting. What makes it more interesting is that it allows you to define forms. These forms can be applied to pages and makes them fit the format of the form that is applied to it. For example, if you want to collect personal information on your wiki, you might want to create a Contact form with fields like: name, address, telephone, e-mail and website. When you now create a new wiki page named ZefHemel and apply the Contact form to it, the form will show up and ask you to fill in the fields. Now that your data is more structured, you can show it in nice tables and do other stuff with it.

JotSpot also comes with some nice built-in tags. Using these it is possible to include Google search results on the person’s name when viewing a contact. JotSpot makes it very easy to create simple data-centric applications. Want a simple customer system? It’s just a couple mouse clicks and couple lines of code away. You can enrich it with some RSS feeds and Google searches.

If you don’t understand a word of what I’m saying (and I won’t blame you), a movie tells more than a thousand words. You can find a “27mb flash movie with a demo here”:http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/gems/jot2.swf.

I wonder how far the JotSpot guys can take this, what are the limits of what you can do with this?

Related links:
* “JotSpot website”:http://www.jotspot.com
* “How JotSpot compares to old-style development”:http://www.jot.com/compare/index.php
* “InfoWorld: Wiki startup JotSpot draws crowd for product beta”:http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/10/28/HNwikibeta_1.html