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Rewrite the application - Grant#438

An update on my side.

  • I’m now working full-time on You need a wiki
  • Support response times are now at 24 hours for most inquiries.
  • I’m currently rewriting the codebase, with the goal of stability, removing bugs and speed. I’m aiming for the end of first quarter of 2023 for the beta release and will provide updates here and on twitter
  • Stability will be the primary focus, and once stability is achieved I will be putting effort into improving speed. Specifically:

    • I want the wiki to load instantly (this may require storing some data in a temporary server cache at the edge, but If I can find a way to do this via the users Drive I will do that).
    • All interactions will be <100ms. Currently we perform an action and then wait, this requirement will require performing actions up front, running the request in the background, then showing a sync status and/or showing a message on failure. Similar to how editing a doc works.
  • Following the release of the new codebase, I intend to set up a monthly release cadence to release a single feature per month that will be determined by the highest vote count in the backlog.

8 months ago

Tickets to include as part of the rewrite:

*Note that I’m trying to avoid new functionality as part of the rewrite and make updates to existing functionality.

8 months ago
7 months ago
Changed the title from "Status update for You need a wiki (Oct 2022) - Grant" to "Rewrite the application - Grant"
7 months ago

While definitely still a work in progress, here’s an example of the current vs. new loading speed.

It probably seems like not a big deal in this video, but for large wikis you can start editing and navigating immediately instead of waiting.

7 months ago

Import by move/copy will be replaced by an add shortcut button. The add shortcut button will let you select a folder/file in Drive from the picker and it will generate a shortcut to that folder/file.

As per:

The new version has great support for shortcuts so it will render the folder/files of the shortcut.

Will re-add the import by move if people ask for it.

6 months ago

Will add inline editing as an option in settings.

6 months ago

Hey Grant, I have been trying to contact without luck, how can I communicate with you?

6 months ago

Followed up via email @Gpuente

6 months ago

Current timeline:

  • Alpha version will be available tomorrow, Feb 22nd (internal testing only)
  • Beta version will be available for testing on March 15th (public testing)
4 months ago

Please countr me in on the beta.

4 months ago

Just a quick update that I’ve made some good progress so far.

I am almost at a stage to send out beta invites. I expect another 2 of weeks of work before I can do so.

I estimate another 2 months until it is live in production.

3 months ago
Changed the status to
In progress
3 months ago

Great to hear you’re back! We’ve found YNAW super helpful, and exactly the right fit for our team. Happy to help beta test if you’d like us to! We’ve stopped using our custom domain because of the aforementioned issues, but would be happy to help test that too.

3 months ago

I just wanted to give a quick update as we are now at the end of March.

I was a little too unrealistic in my end of march timeline. I estimate there is around 3 months worth of work remaining. I apologize if this affects anyone negatively.

I probably could of hacked something up and got it out in time, but I’m building it the right way this time and it simply takes time to build something that is stable, correct and performant.

I plan for this version to be around for some time so I wanted to take the time to do it right.

Happy to answer any questions and I hope your year is off to a great start!

2 months ago

Here’s an informal video update that covers some of the new features in the upcoming version.

An overview of the remaining work:

I will do a more polished video update before the new version is rolled out 🙂

a month ago

Hi Grant! Super excited about all the new features. I made some comments on your Loom video. Breadcrumbs is something I’m really excited to see introduced.

Some things I would like to see eventually is some form of version control. If I’m working on a document I don’t always want those changes to be live so I’d like to be able to control when changes are published and be able to pull a list of documents with pending changes. Controlling that on a case-by-case basis would be ideal as some files should be able to update live and other can have version control. Also being able to see my pending changes and all pending changes from all users.

Custom background colors and images by page would be great too.

Have you thought of creating a library of templates where people can share Google Docs? I created something like that for my company so people can focus on content rather than the design of the document and we can have a cohesive looking wiki.

Great work. This is becoming a really best in class product.

17 days ago