The Future of Web 1.0

With the release of Web 2.0, and its subsequent (more or less) deprecation by Xojo, I don’t think anyone is surprised by questions about what the current plan is for GraffitiSuite Web Edition 1.0. I understand the concerns of GraffitiSuite customers who have come to rely on GraffitiSuite over the years as they build innumerable web applications, so I’ve resisted the urge to make a decision and publicize the plan for quite some time.

The short of it is, you’ll be able to rely on GraffitiSuite for Web 1.0 applications for a little while longer. I’ve also built a massive number of applications both for contract, internal use, and public release. Many I won’t be rebuilding, some I will. That being the case, I also need it to continue to function for a bit.

So what’s the timeline? As of this date (December 17, 2020), GraffitiSuite Web Edition 1.0 is in Maintenance Mode. I will release fixes only, no new products, and those fixes will only be related to changes in browser behavior that break existing functionality.

I have to increasingly spend more and more of my time on Web 2.0, and — with the Desktop codebase also constantly being updated and other ongoing work — it’s just not feasible to continue to add new products and perform what can in some cases be considered rewrites to fix relatively minor issues. At the same time, though the codebases are largely the same right now, continuing to port fixes made for Web 2.0 to Web 1.0 is also too time-consuming to continue, so only those bugs for Web 1.0 that are actually reported for that version will be fixed.

Maintenance Mode will continue until March 1st, 2021. At that time, GraffitiSuite Web Edition 1.0 will no longer be supported. I had a lot of fun building it over the years, and it hurts a little to say that Web Edition 1.0’s time has passed, but I’m sure all of GraffitiSuite’s users understand the rationale behind this decision.

I want to say thank you to the thousands of you who, over the years, have supported and used GraffitiSuite Web Edition 1.0. Without you, GraffitiSuite would look a lot different today.

Thank you for your continued support,

Anthony G. Cyphers