Jewish software development network.Misha BeshkinsKosherDev.comUpsala, Sweden August, 2011
Misha Beshkins • Born in Daugavpils, Latvia • Studied in Daugavpils University. Teacher of English and the History of World Culture • Worked in Riga, Latvia as a head of youth department of Jewish Agency for Israel in Baltic states • Organized Learning Course with support of European Youth Council • Owned small computer workshop in Daugavpils • Moved to Tallinn, Estonia • Got wife, son, daughter • Working in Symantec Estonia as Quality AssuranceContacts: Engineermisha@beshkin.lv • Social activities for Tallinn Synagoguehttp://misha.beshkin.lvhttp://www.facebook.com/beshkinhttp://midbar.livejournal.com
KosherDev.com • Established October, 2009 • Shabbat Keeper Wordpress plugin November, 2009 • Zmanim widget for Wordpress December, 2009 • Jewish Birthday for Facebook September, 2010 • YahrtzeitZmanim for Android February, 2011 • Unique visitors: January, 2011 – 350, July, 2011 – 450 • Reviews on other software • Discussions on specific topics
Shabbat Keeper for Wordpress The very first project of KosherDev.com. The idea is to lock site, based on Wordpress engine for Shabbat and High Hollidays.
Zmanim widget for Wordpress • Current version is 1.11.1 • More than 150 Jewish sites all over the world use it. • At this moment has been translated to Russian, Hebrew, French, Spanish and Portugese • During all the history of this widget, it was downloaded 1750 times.
Jewish Birthday for Facebook September, 2010 – June 2011What was achieved:•600 likes•700 active users•1500 remindersWhat it did:•Helped counting your Birthday date according to Jewish Calendar on thesettings in your Facebook account•Showed Jewish Birthday of friends•Allowed to post reminder to event calendar on Facebook•If you want it might automatically remind you about Jewish birthday, posting toyour wall.How it died:•Facebook killed it during big clean-up of spam apps.
YahrtzeitZmanim for Android • Started in February 2011 • At the end of July 608 downloads What it does: •List of famous Rabbies yahrtzeits for the selected date •Search possibility •Biography of each Rabbie •Zmanim list for the selected date
WEB sites for communities• Dvinsker.lv – Daugavpils Community web site• Shamir.lv – Jewish Religious Community in Riga• Shul.lv – Riga Synagogue• Chabad.lv – Chabad in Latvia• Revs.lv – Riga Jewish Secondary school• Jewishmuseum.lv – Riga Jewish Museum• Moses koshershop – Koshershop in Tallinn• Sohnut.lv – Jewish Agency for Israel in Baltic states
Supporters and contributors• Aleksandra Beshkina-Fukson (@my_wife) – all the possible support ;)• Ilja Band (band.lv) – design for apps and websites• Eliyahu Hershfeld (kosherjava.com) – java api for zmanim• Mike Fischer – idea of YahrtzeitZmanim app for Android• Chief Rabbie of Estonia Shmuel-Ephraim Kot – consultation in chalachic issues• Shmerl “Bahaltener” (shmerl.blogspot.com) – several articles about chasidic view on open source and general support• An many more contributors and supportes.
FORWARD TO FUTUREWhat is planned:•Shabbat alarm clock for Android•WortPress – Jewish version of Wordpress engine•Services for small communities to build community sites in InternetWhat we need:•Team of developers, integrators and supporters•Promotion in communities.