Alright, un-clutch your pearls and pick up your jaws — I know I should not have shocked you like that, but it is true: my beloved data-based Rapid Application Development (RAD, no really) tool is… an ex-parrot.
IronSpeed Designer is a product I GLEEFULLY used for a couple of years, after I got it approved for Federal purchase, and then bought the durned thing (initial purchase requestor has the burden of shepherding a product into the system — if you really need it; you’ll get ‘er done).
More on this later. I kind of have the vapors. From the then-competitor’s link above:
“We were surprised to learn that Iron Speed, Inc. has decided to discontinue operations. The primary reasons were cited by the company CEO as “expense of litigation with patent troll” and “product sales have been severely impacted”.
Iron Speed has always been a product that generates a large number of data input forms from database tables. These data input forms were based on aging Web Forms technology virtually abandoned by Microsoft. The fact that “product sales have been severely impacted” indicates the possibility of Iron Speed going out of business even in the absence of litigation.”