What is SugarCRM anyway???

About a month before I left my old team I was potentially going to be assigned to work on the SugarCRM application integration within IBM so I got to spend a little time analyzing the package. Sugar is an open source customer relationship manager software package that basically competes with a few of the big boys – like Saleforce.com. The really cool thing about this software is it has a pretty good community around it and has all kinds of plugins and extensions available. You can even deploy it internally or host it in the cloud – one thing I think sets it apart from SalesForce. Your data will be internal and safe. So now lets dive on the code!

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LAMP is sweet with SugarCRM

There have been a few posts recently in the Yellowsphere about LAMP and “other” technologies. I have recently looked at the project called SugarCRM, and it is exactly that. You can download the open source edition on source forge and check it out. The code is pretty daunting but as you dive on it you quickly realize this is a piece of art. The code is very well modularized and is very object oriented with how the classes and modules are defined. Did I mention its completely written in PHP? The beauty in this beast is the platform is truly open and flexible, it has a great extension modal and can really be used for any kind of application or data modal. The user interface is done with Yahoo’s JavaScript UI library – not the greatest but pretty slick looking none the less. I would much rather have seen it use Dojo or jQuery, I just never got into the YUI stuff.

Here is another example of a pretty popular and supported web based application that is based on PHP. I am finding more and more that PHP is turning out to be more than just a scripting language. With applications like Facebook, WordPress, and SugarCRM you have to start wondering if there is something there.

I was also reading some blogs this weekend about what people use to develop PHP based sites and I was shocked to see how popular Notepad++ was. I have been using Notepad++ for a long time now for my WordPress site and a couple of other sites I support.