Abandoning a Side Project
We all start side projects easily and they get phased out. It can be either healthy or not, but anyway I think it’s natural.
Recently I’ve been working (not intensively, though) on a side project which I named “Mardi”. Mardi is a French word for “Tuesday”. It’s an alternative to Alfred which is a launcher for apps, bookmarks, all sorts of custom functions.
So, here’s the tech stack:
- Monorepo using yarn workspace
- I used Gatsby instead of create-react-app (
- The web app built by Gatsby runs on top of Electron (
- There is a node server(koa) written in TypeScript for OS-level operations and to run all the plugins (
Mostly it’s written in TypeScript, and bundled by TSDX.
Then, why did I decide to quit? First of all, I started with curiosity from a technical point of view. I thought building an app in JS, and mainly targeting developers will attract lots of developer users. I still think it might work, but the biggest problem was I didn’t have a concrete vision on this product itself. I didn’t have many use-cases in my mind. The color calculator is a handy one for frontend developers, but I didn’t have good enough ideas to boost myself for this project. I got something else more exciting than this.
And when I thought about the end goal of this project, it was too big. I couldn’t even imagine the timeline. It was too ambitious. So apparently my passion was seeking something smaller and more realistic. That’s kind of my thought process.
There is not much in the repository. It has some basic structure and client - server - plugin protocols working okay. Anyone can steal this idea or repository to make your stuff. Just let me know if you do because I’m curious.