(EDIT: See the stretch goals.)
I've been a programmer for over 20 years thanks to my parents getting me a Commodore 64 when I was a kid. The thing I really loved about it was that it booted to a programming environment. Creating a program was as simple as typing a couple lines and then typing "RUN".
Today there are fewer and fewer kids getting into programming because consumer devices are locked down and don't come with a way to program them.
The main use case this enables is developing offline in environments like ChromeBooks. I worked on Cloud9IDE for a year and it was a great experience as long as you were online with a fast connection. With this library, HTML5 apps will finally be able to do the full developer lifecycle. They can clone from github to the browser's local file storage when online, work offline using an editor like ACE or CodeMirror, and then when they are online again, they can push their changes back to github. I'll implement branching, merging, diffing, and as many other awesome common tasks from git as possible.
The library will be developed in the open and licensed under the MIT license.
By funding this kickstarter, you will enable me to work full time on this and give it the proper attention. This means full documentation, examples, and sample apps. Also, you'll get cool prizes!
In case you don't know my background, this isn't my first time building developer tools. Some of my past projects include:
- I wrote the initial CoffeeScript compiler in CoffeeScript.
- I have been a node.js contributor since before it was cool.
- I implemented fast AES, MD5, SHA1, and SHA256 routines for browsers as cifre.
- I implemented msgpack codecs for node.js and browser js.
- I re-implemented node.js in lua as the luvit.io project.
- I wrote a fast streaming JSON parser.
- I'm creating a new programming language targeted at kids that runs in a browser called Jack.
- I implemented a real terminal for Cloud9 IDE and designed their RPC and VFS systems.
- I implemented a luajit bytecode interperter in browser js.
I can humbly, but confidently say that implementing the git protocol in a browser is something I can do and do well.
Risks and challenges
But in the case that I'm still wrong and it's way harder than I thought, I can promise that the project will have enough of a head start to survive on its own and be usable before the funds run out.
It will be open sourced on GitHub as soon as the kickstarter succeeds. The code will be under a liberal license and I'll allow trusted collaborators to help in the development of the library.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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