Origins Of NetGyver

Everything began in 2003, when I started studies of Computer Science. Aware of files volume growing on our computers, I thought then inefficient the way they were managed. Furthermore, searching a file was longer on my computer than worldwide (thanks to Google)... I developed therefore a search engine for my PC... However, I had neither the time, nor the means to make a tool for everyone or professionals... I kept it for my personal usage and it became a small file manager.

Meantime, I noticed that my files weren't any more stationed in my only computer, but in several places: laptop computers, servers, MP3 walkmans, mobile phones, multimedia readers... Why not accessing all these devices simply and simutanously as I do with my single computer? Such was my new challenge, and the result is NetGyver, a true network file manager!

But, it wasn't enough... Since machines were interconnected, why not allowing their users to communicate? NetGyver offers therefore chat rooms of debate and private instant messaging.

Why chat rooms while we have Facebook? A chat room allow us to chat anonymously with people we don't know and and without leaving writings. The permit meeting (not only for love), spontaneity and respect for private life. If we want to stay in contact with a person, it is always possible to add his/her to our contacts.

With contacts and a network file manager, we can share our personal files (photos and videos of our camcorder, for example). It is what allows NetGyver: great!

Figures about NetGyver

I have been making NetGyver from A to Z... His creation required:

  • 100000 lines of code (in languages C, C#, PHP, SQL, XML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript...).
  • 137 aspirins.
  • 3 work stations (one banged).
  • 12 blocks of detachable draft sheets (I say "sorry" to trees).
  • 18 theoretical works gulped down (to develop unpublished techniques).
  • 3 servers under FreeBSD (1 explosed) and 2738 lines of configuration.
  • 6 meters of pencils.
  • 8734 hours of step by step debugging.
  • 4378 steps to be turned in a circle to find "elegant" solutions.
  • 74 kg of pure coffee arabica.
  • 37 UML diagrams.