I read an interesting piece by Brent Simmons yesterday about his passion for creating blogging systems. He’s thinking about doing a quick one, running in node.js. As I read the piece I recognized a lot of the ideas as ones that we’ve already implemented in Fargo Publisher, which is an open source, MIT licensed, node.js app.
My first thought was wouldn’t it be great if Brent used Fargo Publisher as a starting point? That way we might get some new features, maybe some bug fixes, and more users. Having two pieces of software resting on top of an API gives it a much better chance to gain traction.
My second thought was that he was planning on using the Metaweblog API, something I designed in 2002, to build on the Blogger API. But we’ve gone so much further in the intervening 12 years. Metaweblog views each post as a document, but Fargo views a whole website as a document. Suppose you had a computer that could only deal with one file at a time, and one came along that could have as many open windows as you want? Wouldn’t you want to at least try it?
In that way Fargo 2 is the next step after Metaweblog. Yes, it’s too bad progress happens so slowly in tech. 12 years for such a simple evolution. But at least it happened. It would be a shame if we had to wait another 12 years for adoption by users, esp very advanced ones like my longtime buddy, Brent.