Gyro grows some legs
It was just a few days ago that I started an experimental wiki project called Gyro ... it's always fun when a project just grows features organically. It does this, so it makes sense to make it do that, and then this other thing is easy, and so on.
So, here is what happened with Gyro:
Federico Cingolani made it run on docker
- I added some features:
- UI for creating new pages
- UI for deleting pages
- Support for multilevel pages (so you can have "foo" and "foo/bar")
- Autocompletion with titles in search
- Breadcrumbs so you can actually follow the multilevel pages
- Lots of code cleanup
- Themes (via Bootswatch)
- Custom fonts (via Google WebFonts)
- Automatic linking for WikiWords if you like that kind of thing
The behavior is identical in both cases, it's just a matter of where things are saved, and how they are retrieved. The goal is that you should not be able to tell apart one implementation from the other, but of course YMMV.
And since I was already doing a chrome extension ... how hard would it be to run it as an electron "desktop" app? Well, not very. In fact, there are no code changes at all. It's just a matter of packaging.
And then how about releasing it as a snap for Ubuntu? Well, easy too, just try
snap install gyro --beta
Is it finished? Of course not! A non exhaustive list of missing MVP features include:
- Import / Export data
- A syncing backend
- General UI polish (widget focus, kbd shortcuts)
- Better error handling
- General testing
But in any case, it's nice to see an app take shape this fast and this painlessly.