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Hex™: Real Magic

Hex is "Second Life for objects", designed to use the web to extend the real world with the "magic" of objects.

Hex is an ecology for objects. Everything is an object "all the way down", every object is potentially visible, and the ecology is fully self-describing. In the same way that the mechanisms of life (proteins) are embedded in DNA, the mechanisms of Hex are themselves embedded in Hex.

The crucial ability to treat DNA as both "data" (when DNA is being copied and edited) and "code" (when DNA is being translated and expressed) results in variation and natural selection -- the ability of organisms to evolve, adapting to changes in their local environment. Hex objects mirror this ability by being, like DNA, both data and code. As a result, the "organisms" of Hex also evolve, adapting to changes in their local (computing) environment.

Hex is based on a cloud-oriented approach to network computing. The staggering capabilities of cloud computing, combined with modern languages and technology, finally provide the technological foundation needed to fully deliver the promise of the object revolution, initiated by Smalltalk in the early eighties.

Hex is the realization and fulfilment (nearly three decades in the making) of the revolutionary technical vision of its creator and industry pioneer, Tom Stambaugh.

Revolutionary capabilities, mature technology

Hex exploits the learnings of decades of enterprise-scale object-oriented computing, generalizing it to fully support the hardware, software, and infrastructure resources of today and tomorrow. The result is a universal web-based environment that provides network appliances, websites, web-based tools, and the full range of computational resources needed to support them.

What problems does Hex solve?

Hex solves several large problems facing the software industry in particular and the internet user community in general:

  1. Compelling useability: Users experience beautiful highly-interactive web applications through free off-the-shelf browsers. Users interact with consistent information, whether from a home computer, internet kiosk, laptop, or even mobile device. Private email folders stay private -- and are available from any web-connected device anywhere (so long as it has a browser).
  2. Dynamic scaleability: Assets that work in the small automatically work in the large. Large-scale solutions emerge dynamically from combinations of independent smaller-scale solutions, much as multi-cellular organisms emerged as collections of collaborating specialized cells.
  3. Affordable innovation: Participants with an innovative idea no longer have to create an entire software development infrastructure to create it. Developers with a great new idea no longer have to create an entire business organization to market and sell it.
  4. Sustainable prosperity: Participants can earn revenue from assets at every scale, from large organizations selling large and complex end-user solutions to individual developers selling single methods and classes.
  5. Asset portability: Assets created in one language on one platform are available to every participant on every platform. Designs that solve tough problems in one language are available in all languages on all platforms. Tools are built-in rather than bolted on, so that participants are not forced to use a language because of its tools.
  6. Developer portability: Participants who value the capabilities provided by a particular language can use them -- even if practitioners of that language are relatively rare. Hex allows developers proficient in a language supported by Hex to have full access to all the capabilities of Hex -- in their own language.

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Tom created these two "pre-construction" demos, a GenomeBrowser and a PathwayBrowser. When complete, each will allow the user to browse, annotate, and publish arbitrary data at arbitrary detail—all the way from the karyotype or organism to the sequence or molecular level.

Genome Browser Demo

Genome Browser:  Use the Google Map API to browse a full human genome.

Pathway Browser Demo

Pathways Browser:  Use the Google Map API to browse the human metabolic pathways.


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