Pipi

PIPI was the name of a computer system originally created to host information about ecological restoration in New Zealand. The name Pipi came from the name of a small shellfish (marine mollusc) found in NZ that is very tasty.

Many different people worked on PIPI as it evolved over time from very simple to highly complex. Highly popular with users who demanded an ever-expanding scope. It was technically successful and died for financial reasons.

PIPI 1

  • CGI
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Website externally hosted

PIPI 2

  • Visual Basic
  • Access database "Backpage"
  • Website externally hosted
  • 2001 - 2002

PIPI 3

  • ColdFusion
  • SQL Server + CFML website externally hosted
  • Spaghetti code
  • 2003

PIPI 4

  • MCV
  • ColdFusion Server
  • SQL Server (1000 tables)
  • ArcIMS
  • XML + XSLT
  • 300 class objects
  • 2000 methods
  • Workflow engine
  • State engine
  • Render engine
  • Form engine
  • Content Management System (24,000 web pages)
  • Multiple websites
  • Metadata Repository
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Own server farm

PIPI 5

  • Mobile version (iPaq)
  • ArcPad

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