Horizon 1.0

Realtime, open-source backend for JavaScript apps

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Ben TossellHunter@bentossell · Co-Founder, Token Daily
You can read more about the launch here but essentially Horizon includes: - A backend server built with Node.js and RethinkDB that supports data persistence, realtime streams, input validation, user authentication, and permissions - A JavaScript client library that developers can use on the frontend to store JSON documents in the database, perform queries, and subscribe to live updates - A command-line tool that can generate project templates, start up a local Horizon development server, and help you deploy your Horizon application to the cloud The Horizon server is a complete backend that developers can use to power their applications. It’s great for rapid prototyping: simply run the Horizon server from the command-line and develop your frontend user experience with the Horizon client library. Frontend developers can use Horizon to create full applications without writing any backend code. Horizon is open-source software, which means that you can use and modify it as you see fit. Run a local instance on your laptop during development and then deploy your application anywhere you want: low-cost VPS hosting environments, scalable public cloud platforms, or your own bare metal. Horizon takes advantage of RethinkDB’s battle-tested clustering, which makes it easy to scale as your audience grows. Horizon was previously in private beta but is now open to everyone ✨
Andy Parkhills@aparkhills · Application Developer
Looks like it is a great platform, but I would like to see some type of a "showcase" page that lists who have been using it.
Joshua Tabansi@tabansi · Founder, Courtier
I'm so hyped to try this out
Parker Agee@parkeragee · Software Engineer
Exciting stuff! And I see someone has already created a boilerplate project with it: "A boilerplate for developing react+redux applications with rethinkdb/horizon as realtime database and express for the server." https://github.com/flipace/lovli.js
Jean Paul Mugizi@jmugizi · Software Engineer for login.gov @18F
@parkeragee nice lol I love how proactive developers are.
Élie Slama@elieslama · Freelance Web Developer & Designer
This kind of product is removing so much hassle from the backend dev... I think that the number of backends built from scratch will strongly decreased in the next years with this market being more and more interesting and solid. I will try this out !