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What to expect from Repl.it in 2020
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PaoloAmoroso (125)

In 2019 we got great new features like Multiplayer Mode, the Universal Package Manager, and Git/GitHub support. What can we expect from Repl.it in 2020?

Companies are usually nervous about discussing their plans in public for various reasons, for example because they don't want to overcommit and underdeliver. But here we're all familiar with the challenges of software development and know resources are limited, deadlines may slip, and projects may be canceled.

So, what major new things are coming this year?

Answered by amasad (1839) [earned 5 cycles]
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amasad (1839)

Early this year we're focused on performance, reliability, and design polish. You might've noticed some improvements on that front.

The most exciting thing to look forward to with regards to performance is our new snapshot-based filesystem. We're rolling it out as we speak. If you're an explorer you'll already get. Not only git, and other file operations will be more reliable, but we'll also be caching dependencies so they don't have to install every-time the repl wakes up.

We're then going to spend some more time on API. More specifically, an API for IDE plugins, an API for creating/managing repls, and an (official) API for repl talk.

After that, comes the real interesting stuff around the platform. We'll polish up and ship Auth, as well as repl.store, plus other things that we can't really talk about right now. Then, we're going to spend some time working and documenting on the "Repl.it workflow." In other words "what's the recommended way to build and deploy software on our platform," along with a way for doing continuous integration/deployment.

Finally, expect some love to mobile/tablet. Whether it's a native app or something else is TBD.

PaoloAmoroso (125)

@amasad Thank you for sharing the Repl.it roadmap. Performance and reliability may not sound glamorous, but I really appreciate the focus also on these issues.

TaylorLiang (315)

@MrEconomical oh. I wonder if its only cycles or if you can pay with money

amasad (1839)

@TaylorLiang interesting... what kind of thing do you imagine we'd be selling?

TaylorLiang (315)

@amasad T-shirts, or repl merch. Maybe a poster (The multiplayer update poster was really cool. )

21natzil (967)

I can't say much about the website, I'll leave that to @amasad. For the community, however, the discord will be doing more code jams, we just started a new challenge on Repl Talk, and there may or may not be a(n) <redacted> just around the corner...

Vandesm14 (1695)

@21natzil Oo a <redacted> you say? I'm definately gonna win now! Can't wait to get my hands on the <redacted>!

PaoloAmoroso (125)

@21natzil Looks like a jam-packed year.

TaylorLiang (315)

@Vandesm14 <redacted> seems great, and I hope ill make things easier!

Haaruun (64)

@21natzil an <redacted> hm? so it starts with a vowel?

HENRYMARTIN4 (69)

@Vandesm14 Awesome! a <redacted>! That'll be SO useful! I have some great ideas for the <redacted>, like a <redacted> and <redacted>!