I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of Telescope lately. The app has been around for three years, and even though people have used it to create amazing things (Crater, CodeBuddies, CitizenLab, and dozens of other projects) the codebase was starting to show its age.
So I took a break, and ended up deciding to start a completely new fork using React and a more modern module-based architecture, which I’m calling Nova:
At the same time, I’ve also decided to target Telescope to a new audience. Rather than try and make something that works out of the box and try to please everybody, it’s now squarely aimed at developers who want to build a custom app.
So you can use it as a back-end for a React web app, or switch in Angular, or even build something completely different like an iOS or Android app.
As you can imagine this is a big change, so I’m not quite sure if this is the right move. But I’d love to get everybody’s feedback!