So we've been terribly busy at Bezurk these last 2 months or so working on our new re-branded site with a bunch of new features. We were lucky enough to secure a 4-letter domain name - (and it came at a price too!) so it was all worth it. Trust me, with a name like Bezurk you're going to be terribly hard to remember and to brand. We've had partners and friends who spell Bezurk in a variety of ways: berserk, bezerk, buzerk. Don't even ask us about our encounters with non-native English speakers. Don't.

So yes, the new site: logo

We've decided to push it "live" as a beta product (and we know it is very much in beta, we're not kidding or trying to be Web 2.0-ish) prior to our launch party next week. Give it a few hits or so and let me know of any feedback (leaving a comment here is good), especially what annoys you. You might even want to use it to search for airline tickets or to book hotel rooms for your next trip and let us know if we managed to somehow epic fail at the task. If you liked it or booked a trip somewhere, we're glad to have helped you on your way.

I'd write more about but what I really wanted to focus on, being a Rubyist and all, is what is really cool to me about - we've rebuilt our Hotels product from the ground up (it was a mostly Java before, and it is still live on in 85% Ruby, 8% JavaScript, 5% Erlang, and 2% Java. Well, those are rough figures anyway. We also made a strong effort to keep our mostly AJAX application as usable as possible without JavaScript but I'll admit, we had to cut some corners due to deadlines.

I'd love to be more specific about the design and architecture of our Hotels application and on the cool stuff (CouchDB, Rack, Solr, jQuery, libmemcached, and of course, Ruby) we've used that have made our lives as developers much easier than when we were in Javaland - but I'd leave that for a later post. I'm sure my friend Arun Thampi also has a war story to tell so we'll come up with something entertaining. Stay tuned!