We are now live on https://heyhey.to. While registrations are closed, we hope to open them slowly for users who want to help us in testing.
In my latest blog post, I wrote that I had chosen to revive an old project with some friends. Well, the project is anything but old now as we’ve opted for rebuilding everything from scratch. The reasoning behind this is actually nuanced, and I want to dedicate this post to explaining our decisions.
The excuse for all this? That developers either have enough time to ship products or learn stuff. This is true to some extent, which is why I love Node — but we have to balance convenience and quality.
Since we are not constrained by time, we started by making the lowest possible number of assumptions and proceeded carefully. For instance, instead of basing HEYHEY on Express, which has seen no significant updates for more than 7 years, we decided to go with Fastify. Express is great, but everything about Fastify — from the philosophy of its core team to its technical structure — gets me really excited about back-end development.
We made good use of Fastify’s excellent core plugins — beginning with a rate limiter, we implemented a static asset server, compressor, template engine. Also, we chose to use encrypted cookies for sessions.
Here’s what our package.json file looked like:
Here’s what HEYHEY looked like:
In 2022, the expectations of consumers are at their peak. When creating an internet service, one has to match the likes of Instagram, Amazon, Linktree… Fortunately, we discovered two fantastic open-source tools that make writing front-end code actually bearable — Tailwind CSS and DaisyUI.
This is what we’ve come up with:
A sneak peek of the first update, Themes:
I was highly impressed with how cheap Google AppEngine could get, so we were ready to give it a shot. It seems promising so far. The following are the estimated costs for February:
To Be Continued
For now, that’s all. The next update will focus on adding more customization. The big Widgets update will come later since we hate rushing.