Happy New Year, and the future of Rockets

Post #: 130
Post type: Blog post
Date: 2021-07-01 21:10:34.000
Author: Rocket Man

First off, let me apologize for not posting anything for so long. While I have been occasionally pushing minor bugfixes to the Rockets GitHub repository this year, I haven't bothered to update this blog for over a year.

Mostly that's because I've been really busy. Work has taken up a lot of my time this year. But that's no excuse for not popping in and saying "hello" once in a while, even if there is no progress to report.

Also, and let's face it, 2020 has been a terrible year for everyone. So if there was ever a year to just throw away and not think about any more, 2020 was it.

Anyway, here's where we are regarding the Rockets 2.0 release and beyond.

- I want to fix a few more minor bugs, and add the RSS feed feature and a change password feature. But there are no more features to add for the release.

- Once this is done, I want to start working on a comprehensive documentation set for Rockets. I've started this here, but it's just a template so far: http://newlisponrockets.github.io/newLISP-on-Rockets/

- I want the doc set to be an in-depth look at the framework, not just to make it easier for folks to understand, but to help myself understand it better in the future.

- The 2.0 release won't require the doc set to be finished, but I want it to be reasonably well-populated.

- Part of the docs will also include super-simple setup instructions for putting a Rockets installation on Linode, which is a great cloud service that's cheaper than AWS and offers a starting server at $5 per month, making Rockets affordable by anyone.

- My timeline for this release is July 1, 2021. If it's finished earlier, great! But that's the final date for the release. EDIT: Due to real-world events (like the recent heatwave) I'm bumping this release date forward, to July 31, 2021. Sorry for the delay!

I also want to let you know that I"m already thinking about Rockets 3.0. I have some really interesting ideas and plans for making Rockets a kind of "virtual space" for people to hang out in, something that you can customize to your own aesthetic tastes and make it a hub for you and your friends to hang out. I know that Facebook and Twitter have taken over this space, but I have ideas for a kind of counter to this, a very personal thing that anyone can run and have complete control over their own data.

Anyway, that's all, and I hope everyone has an amazing 2021!

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