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A podcast about local-first software development
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The guest of this episode is Adam Wiggins, who is the founder of Heroku and one of the co-authors of the local-first essay by Ink & Switch. As Adam is also a co-organizer of the first local-first conference, this conversation will reflect on the event, share our learnings and discuss a couple of key topics such as a new definition of local-first software. Mentioned in podcastAdam Wiggins: x.com/_adamwiggins_ + adamwiggins.comBrowsertech Digest Trip Report: Local First ConfAlice and Bob in wonderland. Bootstrapping identity and authority in a world without servers.Links: Website: localfirst.fmX/Twitter: x.com/localfirstfmYouTube: youtube.com/@localfirstfmLocal-First Conf 2024Thank you to Expo and Rocicorp for supporting the podcast.
The guest of this episode is Matt Wonlaw, a prolific local-first tool builder who’s behind projects such as Vlcn, cr-sqlite and Materialite. Most recently Matt also joined Rocicorp to work on their new product. This conversation will go deep on his projects covering CRDTs, SQLite and incremental view maintenance.Mentioned in podcastMatt Wonlaw: x.com/tantaman + github.com/tantamanRemoteStorageownCloudThe Virtual Table Mechanism Of SQLiteTowards a General Database Management System of Conflict-Free Replicated RelationsMaterialite benchmarkLinks: Website: localfirst.fmX/Twitter: x.com/localfirstfmYouTube: youtube.com/@localfirstfmLocal-First Conf 2024Thank you to Expo and Rocicorp for supporting the podcast.
The guest of this episode is Dax Raad, who is using local-first in multiple projects including the serverless deployment tool SST.dev, a healthcare app and an upcoming personal finance app. This conversation will explore how local-first simplifies app development, the UX and data patterns he used on and how self-hosting could empower local-first apps.Mentioned in podcastDax Raad: x.com/thdxr + thdxr.comSST.devRethinking the startup MVP: Building a competitive product.Links: Website: localfirst.fmX/Twitter: x.com/localfirstfmYouTube: youtube.com/@localfirstfmLocal-First Conf 2024Thank you to Expo and CrabNebula for supporting the podcast.
The guest of this episode is Pirijan Ketheswaran, the creator of the Kinopio, a playful, canvas-based tool for thought. He is also the co-creator of the online IDE Glitch. This conversation will go trough his journey as a creative including his time at Fog Creek and later building Kinopio as a solo developer.Mentioned in podcastPirijan Ketheswaran: x.com/pketh + pketh.orgMastodon: @pirijan@c.imkinopio.clubFirst Four Years of Glitch Kinopio: Building Offlineare.na/kinopioLinks: Website: localfirst.fmX/Twitter: x.com/localfirstfmYouTube: youtube.com/@localfirstfmLocal-First Conf 2024Thank you to Expo and CrabNebula for supporting the podcast.
The guest of this episode is James Long, the creator of local-first app called Actual Budget and the absurd-sql project which helped to pave the way to bring SQLite back to the browser. This conversation will explore his journey of building Actual Budget including implementing a syncing solution from scratch and expanding from an Electron app to mobile and the web while re-using most of the code. Mentioned in podcastJames Long: x.com/jlongster + jlongster.comJames Long: Where Have I Been?Actual Budget on GitHub actualbudget.orgHybrid Logical ClocksNodejs-mobileabsurd-sqlLinks: Website: localfirst.fmX/Twitter: x.com/localfirstfmYouTube: youtube.com/@localfirstfmLocal-First Conf 2024Thank you to Expo and CrabNebula for supporting the podcast.
The guest of this episode is Rasmus Anderson, who helped to build many monumental products such as Spotify, Dropbox and Figma and is now working on Playbit, a local-first operating system built from scratch. This extended conversation will go deep on software quality, the tradeoffs of different data models and the importance of the web for modern applications. Mentioned in podcastRasmus Andersson: x.com/rsms + rsms.mePlaybitLinks: Website: localfirst.fmX/Twitter: x.com/localfirstfmYouTube: youtube.com/@localfirstfmLocal-First Conf 2024Thank you to Expo and CrabNebula for supporting the podcast.
The guest of this episode is Kyle Matthews, who, in the past, founded Gatsby JS and is currently delving into local-first software. In the conversation, Kyle shares his experiences in building some small-scale local-first apps for his personal use and discusses how the utilization of a data syncing engine liberates significant development time.Mentioned in podcastKyle Mathews: x.com/kylemathews +  bricolage.io bricolage.io/some-notes-on-local-first-developmentbricolage.io/build-notes-micro-apps-time-distributionelectric-sqlLinks: Website: localfirst.fmX/Twitter: x.com/localfirstfmYouTube: youtube.com/@localfirstfmLocal-First Conf 2024Thank you to Expo and CrabNebula for supporting the podcast.
The guest of this episode, Martin Kleppmann, is one of the authors of the original local-first essay. Martin has been exploring local-first software and CRDTs for over 10 years, which has led to the creation of Automerge, which we discuss in depth in this episode. This episode is also exploring the ideas of generic sync servers and the impact this technology could have on local-first software in the future.Mentioned in podcastMartin Kleppmann: martin.kleppmann.com + x.com/martinkl + bsky.app/profile/martin.kleppmann.com + nondeterministic.computer/@martinInk & SwitchBlueskyAutomerge CRDTsThe original CRDT paperOur JSON CRDT paperOur design for rich text in AutomergeHow Bluesky worksLinks: Website: localfirst.fmX/Twitter: x.com/localfirstfmYouTube: youtube.com/@localfirstfmLocal-First Conf 2024Thank you to Expo and CrabNebula for supporting the podcast.
In this episode we talk about Geoffrey's background in malleable software and how relational databases can be leveraged to build better web apps and improve data ownership. A topic he extensively investigates through the Riffle research project.Mentioned in podcastGeoffrey Litt: x.com/geoffreylitt + www.geoffreylitt.com Ink and Switch Cambria (2020) Riffle essay (2022) Riffle paper (2023)Links: Website: localfirst.fmX/Twitter: x.com/localfirstfmYouTube: youtube.com/@localfirstfmThank you to Expo and CrabNebula for supporting the podcast.
In this episode we talk about Aaron's history in local-first, which goes back to 2008 with the release of Google Gears – the first time sqlite was added to the browser - and his perspective on where we're at now and why local-first is finally happening.Mentioned in podcast:Aaron: x.com/aboodman + aaronboodman.comen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gears_(software)rocicorp.devreplicache.devreflect.netLinks:Website: localfirst.fmX/Twitter: x.com/localfirstfmYouTube: youtube.com/@localfirstfmThank you to Expo and CrabNebula for supporting the podcast.
In this inaugural episode, I'm speaking to Peter van Hardenberg, who helped to coin and popularize the term Local First. As the director of the Ink & Switch Research Lab, he's been on the forefront of this work for the better part of a decade. My conversation with him today starts with the basics of what Local First is and why you, an application developer, should care about it.Mentioned in podcast:Peter: x.com/pvh + pvh.cainkandswitch.com/local-firstinkandswitch.comautomerge.orgLinks:Website: localfirst.fmX/Twitter: x.com/localfirstfmYouTube: youtube.com/@localfirstfmThank you to Expo and CrabNebula for supporting the podcast.
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