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Turn Google Spreadsheets into mobile apps, in a single click.
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Ismael Ghalimi

279 backers pledged $63,450 to help bring this project to life.

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Last mile

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After two months of hard work following our beta bug bash, we are getting close to our second beta release, which should deliver most of the features of our Minimum Viable Product, and fixes for most known bugs. If all goes as planned, we should be done within three to four weeks, at which time all Kickstarter instances will be upgraded. As usual, you can track our progress on our public Pivotal Tracker.

Every week, about 125 new features are being implemented, and 50 bugs are being fixed. At this stage of the game, most of our focus is put on fixing bugs and improving usability, based on the experience we gathered developing real-world applications with a dozen customers. Here are some of the highlights of our recent work:

  • Amazing chart generator
  • Web publishing framework (aka CircularJS)
  • Formula-based programming language (aka FormulaJS)
  • Sample application (STOIC Answers)
  • Excel XLS/XLSX import/export
  • Interactive screenflow documentation engine
  • Database backup and recovery
  • Seamless code and meta-data upgrades

We thank you for your continued patience and support. We're almost there...

The STOIC Team

One week to beta

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Just one week to go before our beta 1 release and our Beta Bug Bash. 17 people are registered to this free event to take place in Palo Alto, CA, and we still have a few seats available. The whole team is working around the clock to implement the very last MVP features and fix all the bugs we can possibly find. You can track our progress on our public Pivotal Tracker, or on our blog.

A week from now (Friday, Novermber 29), we will release our first beta and upgrade all Kickstarter instances, going from alpha to beta. This release will still have many bugs and obscure features, but you should be able to export your custom applications from it, allowing you to keep your work relatively safe.

After that, our whole team is flying to Palo Alto to work for three weeks with customers and partners, fixing as many bugs as possible, and documenting our platform with our new documentation framework. This will finally take us to December 20th, when we will release our second beta and start our fortnightly survey asking you whether STOIC is ready or not. As soon as a majority of responders anser 'Yes!', we will call it a 1.0 release.

It's been a long and arduous journey from our first alpha release back in March of this year to these upcoming beta releases and long-awaited 1.0 release, which we hope will happen in the later part of Q1 or early Q2 next year. In the meantime, our minimum viable product (MVP) grew in scope quite significantly, driven mostly by the user feedback we received through our Dojo sessions. Nevertheless, we believe that we managed to build an amazing platforn, and we are convinced that you will like what you see when we finally release it.

In the meantime, we would like to thank you for your patience and support.

None of this would have been possible without you!

The STOIC Team

Beta 1 Coming Soon

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Big news: if all goes as planned, we should be able to release the first beta of our Minimum Viable Product (MVP) just in time for the holiday season. According to our Pivotal Tracker, we should be feature-complete within four weeks (by November the 8th). Based on our collective experience, it should take another six weeks to fix most of the bugs and usability issues that we might encounter, which means that we should have something solid by December the 20th.

In order to maximize our chances of delivering something good on time, we’ve decided to organize a major bug bash during which all our team will gather in Palo Alto, CA. It will run over three weeks, from December 2nd to December 20th. What makes this bug bash interesting is that it will be open to all customers, partners, and Kickstarter backers. To summarize:

  • November 8: Feature Freeze
  • December 2: Beta Bug Bash
  • December 20: 1.0 Beta 1 Release

Here is how the beta bug bash will work: during this three-weeks period, anyone is invited to join us in our offices in Palo Alto, for free. You’ll get access to our daily builds, and you’ll develop any application you want, with our direct technical support. You’ll be able to create issues directly into our STOIC-powered trouble-ticketing system, and we’ll put your bugs at the top of our priority list. You can spend as little as half a day with us, as much as three weeks, or anything in between. And lunches are on us, plus free beer every Friday afternoon.

Why should you come? Here are a few reasons:

  • Meet the entire STOIC team
  • Get many of the benefits offered by Dojo sessions, for free
  • Get your first application built on top of STOIC sooner
  • Share the excitement of our 1.0 Beta 1 release
  • Add your name to our official list of contributors
  • Get free lunches

If that sounds like fun, drop us a line!

In the meantime, you can track our progress on our blog or on our Pivotal Tracker.

Thank you for your patience and support.

The STOIC team

PS: All alpha instances should be upgraded in about two weeks, so stay tuned...

Instances Migrated

After four months of hard work, we finally managed to upgrade all instances to the new Cloud Foundry platform and the Elasticsearch database. We still have quite a few features to implement and many bugs to fix, but this new release is a major improvement over the previous one. The user interface was totally re-designed and the back-end bears very little resemblance to its previous incarnation. If your URL prefix is "myurl", you can login at the following URL:

http://myurl.cfapps.io

Before you get started, you might want to watch some of our new tutorials. If you encounter any issues, please send an email to helpdesk@stoic.com. And if you want to track our progress, you can follow our project tracker (very technical). Most issues will be recorded there so you can track their resolution.

With this new release, we're getting pretty close to having a platform that can be used for developing real-world applications. Nevertheless, quite a bit of work remains, including three major features that are still in the works:

  • Authorization (access control is limited to authentication for now)
  • Meta-data updates (databases are still resetted with every update today)
  • Dashboard designer (without it, creating dashboards is close to impossible)

If we maintain the pace that we've had over the past few months, we should be able to complete these three projects within a couple of months, while fixing most of the bugs we come across. We will start our bi-weekly user polls (Is STOIC GA?) after that. In the meantime, the current release should be plenty enough for anyone to start developing small applications with the platform, and get a good sense of its unique capabilities.

Thank you for your support!

The STOIC Team

Instance Migration

We have now started the process of migrating instances to the new Cloud Foundry platform recently released by Pivotal. This process will take a week or two. During that time, instances will be unavailable. Once the migration is complete, instances will run the latest version of our software, which provides a brand-new user interface, and many features that we've been working on over the past couple of months.

Clearly, this migration has taken a lot more time than originally anticipated. There are a few reasons for it. First, we moved from one database to another (from PostgreSQL to ElasticSearch). Second, we moved from a single-tenant deployment model to a multi-tenant one. Third, our recent Dojo sessions introduced many new features that added some instability to the product. One thing leading to another, we could not get to a stable release that would allow us to upgrade instances earlier. Please accept our apologies for this delay.

That being said, we ran our last scheduled Dojo session this past week, and we're not planning to have another one before September. Therefore, we have two months to stabilize the product. We've clearly passed the Minimum Viable Product line (and sailed far beyond), and we're now focusing all our resources on finishing the features that we started and fixing all the bugs that we can find. In other words, we'll have a busy Summer...

In a week or two, you should get your new instance up and running. It should be a lot more stable than past instances, with many new features, but we won't be able to guarantee the integrity of your data for another month or two. Therefore, during that transition period, you should plan on making backups of your data on a regular basis. Fortunately, we implemented a way to do that in a single click of the mouse. We're also testing the scalability of our platform in pretty aggressive ways. At present time, we have an object with 1 million records (1GB), and we should be able to get to 10 millions pretty soon (10GB), with the rather ambitious goal of reaching 1 billion (1TB) by the end of the year.

While we're finishing this migration, you might want to take a look at some of the new features that will be available soon:

Thank you for your patience and support!

The STOIC Team