Last updated 1 year ago by Avik Chaudhurireact
A lot of our open-source users are rightfully observing that the Flow team has effectively stopped paying attention to an ever-growing list of issues and PRs on GitHub. And while there has been a lot of activity in terms of GitHub commits during this time, there has been little to no communication about our roadmap.
We understand that this state of affairs is deeply concerning to our open-source users, to say the least. We are sorry. We are thankful to those who have been constructive with their criticism over the past several months. This post is a baby step towards fixing this problem.
The simple and honest explanation is that we were too heads-down on addressing Facebook-internal challenges, and felt too resource-constrained to do much else. It didn’t have to be this way, and we could have done better.
Thus we identified the following focus areas spanning a couple of years:
Our goals were very aggressive: we needed to cover a lot of ground in terms of scalability and trustworthiness, and we wanted to front-load the hardest parts first, which meant focusing on big-O performance improvements over the past six months and moving on to fundamental reliability improvements over the next six months.
Through this time, we shifted around some work on our long-term goals to respond to shorter-term needs, in particular on reliability. By the end of 2018 we are overall further along than expected on our long-term goals, having hit or close to hitting most of our planned milestones on performance as well as delivering significant additional results on reliability that were planned for 2019, while making solid progress on language tooling to unblock this work and improve our chances of success as we proceed.