During 1999 the new media frontier of the Internet began to take the foreground. The HOS radio program is now broadcast internationally on both the NetRadio (Real Audio) and Wired Planet (MP3) sites.
Web broadcasting, however, was not the company's only foray into the digital frontier. Hearts of Space also brought the development of HOS.com in–house, and the site you see today is the company's first created entirely in–house.
Bringing the development of the company's website in–house also brought with it a number of challenges. One of the larger ones being the static nature of their initial efforts. 'The load for updating the static html pages was beginning to give me a serious html–headache.' explained Joseph Jacobs, Director of Technology for Hearts of Space.
To combat this problem, Mr. Jacobs turned toward a more dynamic web serving model, using databases to manage content at the back end. Consideration was given to Microsoft Access as well as larger enterprise applications such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL. However, with their steep learning curves and unintuitive user interfaces, these potential solutions were ruled out.