Almost 20 years ago, Tom Pipinič started his first application framework project with a focus on ORM and productivity.
It was fine but...well, it was an ORM tool.
The second generation framework was released few years later with capabilities to quickly create forms for desktop apps on top of ORM.
It was fine again but...some important architecture concepts gone missing and there were no support for web which provided limited potential for further development.
Third generation framework was, of course, a zero code web application platform, which was widely used in many industries and large corporations, commonly as a mission critical production environment system.
It was successful, mainly for non developers because it enabled engineers with a strong base on domain knowledge to develop complete web apps with no programming skills.
It was great but we, as developers, wanted something more than a framework. We wanted to build a platform with the abillity to manage different aspects of the digitalization, not only the user interfaces and ORM.
By the the way, today, some 12 years later, it's still in use as a primary development platform in the company Tom worked for. Amazing!
Two important things happened; first, Tom met Marko Veličković and they quickly became developers sharing the same ideology.
Second, year or so later, Tom met Robert Orehek and the connected digitalization vision started to develop.
They never looked back, those three fellas. Built on strong friendship, they founded Tom PIT company.
Fourth generation platform was developed with support for IoT, Big data and other modern principles.
It was definitely a first generation of digital experience platform but still not fully focused on developers.
It was up to that point until we realized that: software is always built by developers and developers like to write code.
No more frameworks, wizards, zero code nonsense and similar stuff. We must create an end to end digital experience platform with its own architecture and principles.
Fifth generation ultimately hit the nail. It's the platform branded as Tom PIT.connected.
Lessons have been learned.
We pushed the technology to the limits and produced, we believe, the best digital experience platform on the planet.