2021-07-30

Tags: status.

The post-release tornado

The post-release tornado

By John Mercouris

This is our first status update about work at Atlas. We plan to release them weekly. Since there are no prior status updates, it is hard to narrow down a time-frame. For this reason, we'll talk about work since the release of Nyxt 2.0.0.


In pursuit of radical transparency, I'll let you in on a secret. The last few months have been a whirlwind. Well, maybe not a whirlwind, perhaps it would be fairer to characterize them as an F1 tornado.

The winds picked up after our 2.0.0 release. Our plan was for a "bugfree" release. Well, you know how that goes- of course there were bugs. Were we dissapointed? Of course we were. Did we fix the bugs? We tried. After some long hacking sessions, all was well again. We thought the winds had died down. Oh how wrong we were…

In any case, it didn't all deviate from plan! Here's where the winds picked up again: One peculiar thing that we noticed after releasing 2.0.0 was the increase in the amount of non-Lisp hackers in our userbase. This was a good thing, in fact it was in line with our mission:

By increasing the efficiency with which knowledge workers can access and utilize information on the Internet (our largest and greatest collective repository of knowledge), societal consequences may reach even beyond the realm of the Internet.

The amount of non-technical and non-Lisp users pleasantly surprised us, but also revealed a lot of areas for improvement in our codebase. What has followed has been a sustained wind. To keep the metaphor going, this "wind" has propelled us to new levels of accessibility and power. There is still a long way to go, that's for sure, but without this exposure we would not have developed functionality like our common-settings page, or our macro-editor.

Don't worry, we aren't running out of ideas yet, we still have plenty of new bugs to introduce ;-). The wind is still blowing, and we are still moving forwards! Until next time, and thanks for reading :-).