If you can find a piece of software that does what you need in a timely manner and is within your budget, then by all means use it and move on. But sometimes you need a feature or a flow that can’t be bought for any cost. You must roll your own.
I’d run for the hills if you can’t stand computers, because the only thing worse than computers is programming computers. But if you have the muster and the gumption you to can make the computer go beep.
Chances are there are ways to make it go beep without you writing your own software but what is the fun in doing that?
The Tool Makers Dilemma…
Sometimes though, you just build to build. This is very, very dangerous. It is the state that I am in right now with the Session Link Engine. I’ve learned and forgotten the web stuff a few times since I started with it in the late 90s.
Still working on it… but stuck in a Refactor From Hell.
This was never meant to be a single player game… Perhaps the biggest change in humanity over the past 200 years is the ability to communicate over the wire or the air thousands of miles away instantly.
The Hive Mind is a real thing and is buzzing with all of your data. The aggregate.
I’ve been working on a proof of concept prototype for multi-user editing. Co-design if you will. Essentially a google docs shared cursor:
This has been my side project for a few months and it uses Typescript, React, and WebSockets. Beware that there is no privacy features yet. So be good.