Founded by serial entrepreneurs Tom Yeh and Henri Chen, Potix is a privately held software company that owns and develops ZK framework. Tom and Henri have worked together since the early 1990s founding various companies and have together achieved many award-winning products, including winning the "Best of Show" at COMDEX and "Must See" at CeBIT.
Prior to Potix, Tom and Henri founded a company called Infoshock, devoted to the developing of web ERP solutions. The team built a Struts-like MVC framework in order to match the user experience of a desktop application. Large amount of resources and efforts were put into, however, not only web edition required much higher programming skills, the code was hard to maintain and the user experience, still, could not match up to that of a desktop application.
Tom and Henri started to wonder whether it is intrinsic, or is the programming model simply inadequate. Looking back at the success of desktop applications in 1990s, the event-driven, component-based programming model played a big role and definitely the standard and best way to handle interactive and responsive user interfaces. So, they had an idea - "why not apply this model to Web applications?". With this idea in mind, ZK was created along with the establishment of Potix Corporation.
At Potix, we believe that programming should be fun.
Fun, in a sense that it brings sheer joy of making things*
Fun, in the pleasure of making things that are useful to people
Fun, in combining science and humanity to make the world different and better; bringing new technology and prosperity to mankind.
Granted with the ability to simply write down some code and turning it into a web page that floats around the globe surely amazed a lot of people’s imagination and turned dreams into reality. The art of programming is in its “delight of working in such a tractable medium, creating by exertion of imagination; so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual structures, so easy to polish and rework”. Developers should be able to focus on the idea of creation rather than creation itself. However, as technology evolves and the complexity and the expectations in the levels of security, performance, user experience and robustness grows higher and higher, it becomes harder to meet these demands and sometimes moves us away from the original intention of software programming.
Our mission is to bring back the original intention of programming enabling developers to create web applications in a fun and enjoyable way by offering the best web and mobile framework and tools to our users; delivering them with optimal developer experience, shielding them from complex and perplexed technologies whilst acting as the most solid back up service.
We spend efforts in inventing productive architecture, design patterns, functionalities and willing to put in whatever effort it takes to enhance development process. We place great value in innovation and seek to always pursuit in improving with unceasing advancements in the hope of providing better solutions for users and bringing changes to the developer community.
*F.P.B, Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month, Addison-Wesley, 1995.