Time for an update.
We have a milestone on our roadmap this week called “Alpha Hosted.” It was slated for Monday but it grew a little. We’re running about a week behind on the goal of the milestone — getting the first people into the hosted version of our platform — but there’s been a lot of progress.
The big challenge so far has been getting the platform to a place where it can work as a single-user install or as a central multi-user web service spread across multiple web servers. It’s been a long process but we’ve finally got all of the settings in place and we’re running test servers on AppFog. In getting it all ready we actually made a full-on “cloud installer” that will let anyone go from zero to a fully-hosted instance running on AppFog or any other Cloud Foundry provider. Plain English: you’ll soon be able to install the platform on your own server, use ours, or even set up your own hosted service.
I’m not going to move the current milestone but we’ll tweak the roadmap as needed after it’s done. Things might get rearranged a little to ensure we get folks in there as soon as possible — the trick to being a single person development team is staying flexible and looking at big goals more than the details. So the bottom line is this: members and kickstarter folks will get to play around with things sometime next week, and with their help and feedback we’re going to be rolling out the hosted version (and new single-user installs) before the calendar turns.
So to the folks in the US taking a break to give thanks: enjoy! Lot’s more coming soon!