Just a quick note to say thanks to everyone. This last year has been hard work, and we had to turn around a beast, but we did it. That was recovering from the previous year of debate and some nonsense related to a fiefdom that should never have happened.
I feel now, more than ever we have the focus and the right tools to get us over the line. We are doing a ton of code tidy just now, but that’s all it is, just tidy. We also have all of the byzantine agreement/fault tolerance/crdts in our pocket to help. So, all in all, we have reduced the code by, well I don’t know how much, but a significant amount. We are getting the codebase neat and clean now and looking at interoperability with other languages and tools—a nice place to be.
A special should out to @joshuef @bochaco and @qi_ma for the last few days; it’s been great, these guys don’t give up (thank God), their dedication is comforting and makes our job much easier. Also @lionel.faber and @yogesh for just tearing through code like possessed beasts, doing what’s asked, then a whole load more. @oetyng for the work in transfers and rewards so far has been a whirlwind (literally as he vanishes, commits a ton of code and repeats) and a huge step for us, basic for now, but the machinery is there. @adam for his rust leadership, @danda for the exceptional work with byzantine crates and crdts (he has managed the contract for this and has worked in a focussed and measured way to get us a cracking toolbox of new weapons), @StephenC for being “that guy”, the one you go to and know it’s all gonna be cool. @JimCollinson of course, for the obvious, its all, the deep insights, checking and testing of many many concepts and of course poking all the devs with “how can this be that” type questions. Holding so much together, quietly and completely professionally in the background is @sharontannahill our secret weapon. She makes the business side go smoothly and handles all the cash for us. You can put all your trust in Sharon and never fear.
A great wee team that really has pulled together, not always easy, of course, debates and questions, but never personal and never (extremely rarely) in private. The team’s open and speaks in the open, and that is what holds it all together.
So here we are 2021, we can see the logic, it makes sense. We can understand how the beast works and now want to give it a real run.
Lastly, the community and Investors in the business need memories like elephants to remember this journey’s start. To still be around is bewildering at times, and to have kept the faith is remarkable. After so many false starts, upsets and just bloody bad luck at times, we are here. We are now actually here, and I cannot help that you all enough. Scary times, the baby is growing up, she’s gonna be walking very soon and before we know it will be off on her own, decentralised Internet that she is.
I feel tired, relieved, and scared, have we missed something (I bet we have loads of wee things)? Will folk use this? are we too late? And way more questions are always at the back of my mind, but we made a promise, we are still here to deliver that promise and deliver we will.
So thank’s one and all and lets all crack open a wee celebration drink tonight and just breath cause this is happening!!
2021 Here we come, are ye ready?