Dark

Holistic language, editor, and infra for building backends

#5 Product of the DaySeptember 16, 2019
Backends are needlessly complicated. Dark is a holistic programming language, editor, and infrastructure for building backends without accidental complexity.
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hi all! happy to answer any questions about using Dark. It's been really fun to build (and use it to build other things!) over the last couple years.
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Dark helps you build software products so much faster by taking the headache out of building the backend. A unique product solving an important problem for any company that's building software today.
A little over a year ago I was building No Zero Days , and decided I'd have literally no backend at all. I wanted to build something fast and ship it to the appstores as quickly as possible to go through the process. After I launched it on product hunt, it was featured by apple and was getting thousands of downloads per day. Users wanted to be able to save their data across devices - but it wasn't something I had time to build in the ways I had in the past. I had heard what @ellenchisa was up to at Dark, and was lucky enough to join the beta. Dark now powers the backend for nzd.life - and I really can't express just how amazing it was to use. We added the functionality in just a weekend with a handful of LOC. Dark really is a game-changer. For any entrepreneur / dev who wants to move fast and ship things, they should try Darklang ASAP.
I've been impressed with Dark -- it has the potential to make it possible to build a complete scalable cloud application in an afternoon. They can reduce the complexity of applications -- which is interesting since it can potentially bring application development to the world of semi-technical workers who aren't sophisticated back-end programmers. I recommend you check it out and give feedback! [Disclosure - I'm an investor in the company, but my thoughts are my own.]
I’ve been using the Dark beta to power the backend of my SaaS app Altitude and absolutely love using it. As a developer there are lots of balls to juggle at the same time and I appreciate that Dark removes many of the headaches (servers, deployments, and scaling) associated with building and running a backend. Pros: - Speed: Endpoints built in Dark are immediately accessible on the internet (no waiting for deployment pipelines) - Traces: live data values can be seen in the Dark editor, which makes for easy debugging Cons: - I wish Dark was available earlier in my development career as it would have saved me much needed time and energy!