A little background: this is driven by Google Cloud being a very, very bad cloud platform to build on as a small team.
We tried it in 2016 as an experiment, and a series of service deprecations since then have caused us downtime and meant us ultimately offering a stable, but stagnated service.
The idea was that the applications would share common components (https://github.com/writeas/web-core), but would have separate application codebases and storage.
This might've been a good theory for building modular applications (as I'm hoping to), but in practice causes a ton of headaches for maintenance and end user experience.
Little problems came up right away:
- How do we share user data across platforms?
- How do we create common UI patterns while keeping distinct branding on each platform?
- How do we reconcile slightly-different uses of those shared libraries across platforms?
So, starting with @submit_as, we built the functionality into the Write.as codebase. There was still plenty of copy-paste involved, but we were able to launch this new product much more quickly.
Now instead of creating separate apps first, we're building them into Write.as first and then separating out functionality over time.
@plumey Awesome -- would love to hear feedback you have along the way, if any!
@matt will do
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