Hi! My name is Joe Van Steen. I'm a "retired" systems architect, a computer programmer, a modeler, and a futurist. Previously, this website served as my personal blog and notebook. Most of the web content was flagged as "internal" or "restricted;" and the majority of what is now on the web wasn't on the website, but was in various documents on my desktop computer. Now, as of January 1, 2017, I wanted to "open the content" of the website to enable peer review, and to enable collaboration and further review on future development efforts.
The website content is focused around the architecture and implementation of some software I have been developing, which I call EATS. EATS is a modeling tool. The website is fundamentally a prototype web client interaction component for EATS. That means that everything you are reading and seeing should be coming from EATS. Today that isn't true. What you are seeing is coming from a Drupal database. I have had a series of these "web experiments" since I started Architected Futures in 2005. This one uses Drupal, a very small amount of my own PHP code, and a variety of generic Drupal "plug-in" modules. It serves as an operational, functional model of a capability set that I want to program into EATS, in Java and metadata models. EATS is built on Eclipse, using Java.