Yesterday night I got a bit nerd-sniped while watching Johannes Schickling (@email@example.com) WorkerConf 2022 presentation “A new era of Web Development” (the link of which was dropped in wasmCloud slack).
Johannes is building “Overtone”, a local-first app that takes input from a range of music services and presents them in a local, very crisp and snappy UI, built with Tauri.
The whole video is worth a watch. Johannes starts by listing 4 qualities of great software:
- Easy to use
- Well designed
But then he adds what he finds missing in most software:
- Responsive / Fast
- Always Available
- User Agency
And in a more recent presentation he adds developer benefits:
- Simpler architecture (he uses event sourcing too)
- Distributed systems problem is contained (ditch cloud complexity)
- Easier to develop, test and debug
- Great DX
To given an example he compares his app with Spotify on local-first qualities:
In the architecture diagram we recognize Ports & Adapters and CQRS/ES:
And the techstack has a range of front-end technology frameworks to handle the local-first UI:
In this list Riffle is a reactive sql layer on top of SQLite that Johannes is working on (not available as yet, but comparable to VLCN and ElectricSQL). It aims to be Persistent, Reactive, Transactional, Fast and have Synchronous Queries.
The concepts of Riffle are elaborated in the article: