It’s rare that we have the opportunity to stand on stage and launch a new product into the wild. But that’s exactly what we’re doing today. I’m pleased to introduce our newest product — Atlassian fourwalls.
Fourwalls joins our portfolio of software development tools, which work collectively to give developers a boost. But unlike our other tools, which all focus on the what, fourwalls focuses squarely on the where. And we think that’s an important difference.
Like the greatest products of our time — Twitter, the iPad, the Snuggie — fourwalls is impossibly simple, in an almost is-that-really-all-this-is kind of way. And that’s the root of their genius. We keep our ears pretty low to the ground over here, so we heard the stampede of location-based services long before most. One of us — I can’t remember who exactly, but consider them, for the record, one of our best product brains — said, “Okay, so check-ins are hot right now. But nobody does more check-ins than developers, and there isn’t a location app for them. Hmph!” And from that statement, fourwalls was born.
Okay, I’m hooked. Tell me what this sucker does.
Today, when a developer commits code to a version control system, it’s just a basic check-in. Yawn. With fourwalls, that commit becomes a real check-in, the kind most people are talking about these days, because the main feature of fourwalls is some location-based juju that shows from where the developer made the commit. It’s that simple, it’s that badass.
Here’s an example: John, a programmer extraordinaire, codes using Eclipse with fourwalls, and commits to SVN. Each commit broadcasts John’s location — his desk. John’s code just became more valuable, because people can see where he’s coding from. They know how long he sits in his cube each day, staring at a black screen with multi-colored text on it, and each commit is a simple shout-out: “Yo, over here.” And fourwalls rewards John for the most number of check-ins at a single location, with a fancy “mayor” badge that surely offers some sort of bragging rights. Compare that to Ted, who isn’t a fourwalls user. He just commits code, and nobody really knows where he’s doing it from. Lame.
So give fourwalls a try. It supports nearly all of the tools you’re probably using to write code today, and will soon support the ones you’ll be using to write code tomorrow, like the iPad.
Oh, and tell your friends about it. Tweet atlss.in/fourwalls.
April 1, 2010