Great write up by James Long, creator of Actual Budget, on how and why he ported his desktop app to the web. He had a sync engine because mobile, and then started at looking at more advantages.
From a comment on the HN thread:
- Easy deployment
- Better conversion rates (no installation)
- Easier login flow, support, a/b testing
- Better tech (sqlite3 in this case)
- Super fast
- User owns the data
There is mention of him looking further at CRDTs / Automerge.
Effectively, Fission is attempting to bring all of the advantages on the desktop side, to the web. And we’re doing it by effectively standardizing and commoditizing his custom backend sync / database stuff.