In 2013 when we were getting our browser-based outliner ready, Les Orchard, a longtime reader of this blog, and contributor to our community (he wrote the initial S3 glue for Frontier, a huge gift), suggested we look at using Dropbox as our storage system.
I was already a serious Dropbox user, and loved how it virtualized my file system. Using Dropbox meant I could go anywhere, with a laptop, and have access to my full work environment. This was part of the dream of using networks since I started using them in the 70s. Dropbox was a big piece of the puzzle.
But Les had shown me how Dropbox could be even more.
Fargo, my Dropbox-based writing environment
We hooked our outliner up to their file system, and shipped it. That’s Fargo.
I’m using Fargo to write this. Scripting News, my blog, is a Fargo site.
Later, I put a content management system in Fargo, so you could now publish a website without any extra server software. It still amazes me that this experiment worked.
Developers, developers, developers
I think independent developers have the key to giving them a competitive edge.
There’s a universe of possible one-page apps and a vast sea of developer creativity to tap into. They just have to help create the market, a little more than they already have.
Original URL: http://scripting.com/2015/06/25/dropboxCouldBeKingOfTheOnepageApp.html