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EDIT: devRant April Fools joke (2017)
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@trogus and I have had an absolute blast working on devRant over the last year. However, we're strong believers in only working on a project if you're passionate about it, and over the last few months, we've sadly lost some of that passion so we've to announce, with heavy hearts, that we will both be moving on. We've decided to focus 100% of our energies on our next product, one which we are confident has billion dollar potential: Semicolon JS (http://semicolonjs.com).

We identified this sizable market opportunity as we were building out the new devRant website. Every JavaScript framework we tried left us wanting more. More efficiency. More elegance. More extensibility. That's what Semicolon JS is: more. More than a framework, it's a guiding philosophy. We believe that Semicolon JS will do for front end development what Material Design has done for user interface design. We're calling it Semicolon JS because even though you can still develop JavaScript without it, like a semicolon, we think it will soon become a standard and synonymous with quality JS development.

So comes the obvious question. What will happen to devRant? We wanted to make the announcement today because we will be officially shutting down the product in 30 days. So that gives everyone a full month to take in the last memories, look at those rants they really loved, and hopefully take some time to chat with @trogus and I about Semicolon JS and what we have planned.

With so many thanks and looking towards the future,
- @dfox and @trogus

Comments
  • 99
    Semicolon JS is going to be a game changer, can't wait to share it with everyone!
  • 51
    @dfox is it April fools joke?
  • 32
    April Fool's😁 ... Something called Semicolon JS would be awesome though πŸ˜‚
  • 98
    Unfortunately the timing is pretty bad but this isn't an April Fools joke. We wanted to make sure we gave everyone a full month before "closing time" for devRant and we head over to Semicolon JS full-time at the end of April.

    We did have an April Fools joke planned (database corruption with no backups and all data lost) but we thought that combined with this announcement was a bit too much at once!
  • 16
    @trogus bye bye devRant πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • 33
    Can I haz the source code then? or perhaps open source it so anyone thats still interested can keep it going?
  • 25
    @billgates we'll see what we can do!
  • 137
    @theothergod Don't worry, I'll still be working on the same style of swag. Check out our new stress ball!
  • 39
    I believe none of it! *quietly sniffling*
  • 19
    @dfox i spent like a month building my client app... it would be such a waste...

    As for your first comment, seems like i have clairvoyance :)
  • 33
    @billgates Hard to say if we'll open source it, I know @dfox has a lot of proprietary code in there that we might use in another project down the line. Worse case, we can send you a slick Semicolon JS t-shirt. What's your size?
  • 33
    Nice try @dfox πŸ˜‚ give us some credit though, all of us know the passion and drive you and @trogus have for this community. Saying your passion fizzled out is simply too unbelievable πŸ˜‚
  • 15
    @trogus I'd rather have a devRant one though. Since you're shutting down, can I drop by and pick up all the swag... for free?

    btw, Semicolon JS, what's the goal? I thought semicolons were useless in JS.
  • 18
    I want a semicolon JS t-shirt too!
    XL. :D

    (Shameless attempt to get a free shirt heh)
  • 8
    @dfox @trogus where can i get that tshirt?

    Cant wait for the framework to release... Finally a useful awesome game-changing js framework to make the js community a more better place.

    Well devrant is just a small sacrifice to pay for a the time needed to work on such a js framework.

    Good luck guys. It was fun here. Thanks for the heads up tho.
  • 12
    At first I was pretty positive that this was an April Fools joke but now I've come to the the realization that it probably isn't :(

    They are only two people so I do not think they would take all that time to set up a domain, t-shirts and work everything out. I really wish that was the case but thinking about it I just do not think that would be reasonable.

    I hope I am wrong but at this point I think I am correct and this is sadly not a hoax.
  • 23
    @billgates old devRant shirts will more likely go to a local homeless shelter. No matter what you do in life, best to leave the world better than you found it
  • 12
    @thedevone it was a lot of work, but when the framework is released, it'll all be worth it!
  • 21
    @tarstrong thanks for the kind words. While we were still pretty passionate about devRant, it really wasn't the same as when we started and the passion and commitment we feel to Semicolon JS is just a level we haven't felt in a long time.
  • 10
    @dfox πŸ˜‚ well actually semicolon js is the most brilliant idea of this millennium, all the best!
  • 8
    April fool's day. You nearly caught me @dfox. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • 47
    @dfox @trogus Wtf seriously I come back after all this time and you pull this shit? I've got your next js framework right here for you
  • 9
    Eh, the app was on a serious decline anyways. Probably for the best ;)
  • 26
    @dfox, I think your prank was very well constructed and frightening. +1 for enough dedication to make shirts. Here's your give, though: @trogus is a designer, not a dev, and therefore has no reason to develop a js framework.

    You're gonna have to try a little harder than that :)
  • 4
    Thanks for the prank. Can u make a last update please to download rants i have uploaded or the rants i have favourited? Maybe in xlsx file...
  • 3
  • 7
    your corporate speak is on point πŸ€“
  • 13
    Will it be better than VanillaJS framework?
  • 3
    Ehh not like the community couldn't make another devRant. Possibly distributed where one or two people wouldn't have to bear the cost of running something this massive and phone apps could fully native without using appcelerator.
  • 15
    @AlgoRythm After our podcast with DHH (listen here if you haven't already: https://devrant.io/podcasts/...) we kept in touch and he's been telling us about how painful this js framework space is for so many of the devs that work on Rails. Why do new frameworks keep popping up? Because they all approach the problem from the same perspective and therefore instill the same fundamental flaws.

    Semicolon JS takes a categorically different approach to building web products, starting with the end user in mind and solving the deeper, unmet needs of developers. Design Thinking is an integral part in the product creation process, which allows for us to build an elegant solution quite unlike anything that's come before. Once we can demo it publicly, you'll see what I'm talking about. The response to our private testing has been overwhelming positive. "It's so obvious, why isn't everyone doing this already?!" has been a common reaction.
  • 4
    @trogus then the devrant will be puled down from play store
  • 3
  • 17
    @trogus That answer​ has literally nothing to do with you not being a dev πŸ˜‚. You're being so general about this project too, it can literally be summed up as "better". No details!

    AND LETS NOT FORGET

    A SEMICOLON IS THE WINK PART OF A WINK FACE. ;)
  • 20
    If you say gullible slowly, it sounds like oranges.
  • 10
    I'm sure its April Fools prank 😁
  • 9
    i love how people are second guessing if this is real or not - its obviously real ;) - the semi colon works
  • 8
    There is one semicolon JS library already https://github.com/dchest/...
  • 8
    If this was real, there would be an announcement on DevRant.io. And shutting this down when this would be the core group to use ;JS (if real) wouldn't make sense, considering the advertising platform this has.

    April 1 is so annoying.
  • 2
    Hahaha, april fools
  • 4
    You know i understand giving the shirts to the homeless but we could email @dfox our addresses where he could send us the extra stressballs since he wouldn't need the stockpile he has since devRant is shutting down.
  • 3
    LOL! πŸ˜‚
  • 13
    Will we be getting our time spent on devrant back? πŸ˜‚
  • 3
    Ranters better get cracking on those stress ball ++ or they will run out of time!
  • 4
    @dfox Yes that would do it...mabey upload source to github, or assign close friends to manage it...i don't want to lose DevRant.
    I love this place <3
  • 10
  • 5
    @dfox @trogus You Guys are JOKING I'm very SURE. Your April fool isn't working.
  • 5
    Haha, no.
  • 8
    @dfox @trogus Okay yeah this might be a april fools joke, No way you guys can just shutdown this hell of a place.

    I was not even into computers, this place made me want to make kids with my 21 inch lenovo.

    Fingers crossed :).

    Also ;) is a nice way to twist things.
  • 4
    Let me throw a spanner in the mix. I was about to get my stressball cause my rant reached 300 up votes and then the new update pushed the stressball limit to 500. And now I'm reading this. Fortunately, no one around this way will believe this, till it gets unplugged. I joined :/ at a time when I didn't make a lot of sense to me. But the fact that it was full of fellow devs. It didn't have to make sense. I grew to love this community and I believe @dfox and @trogus will not unplug us from our matrix. And definitely not after so much effort. Let's think for a moment that this is true. I would glad keep it running for the love of the game. The day is long.
  • 3
    @dfox @trogus this is an epic fail, guys. Billion dollar red flagπŸ€’
  • 1
    Semicolon JS is so awesome a name that you have to launch it now!
  • 9
    I still believe it's April fool. Why?

    Their comments, purposely "too much", like someone telling you he will kill himself by hanging on the Empire State Building...

    And if they say it's April fool they'll ruin the joke.

    Then, maybe the ;JS is interesting, but not the name and I'm surprised that the people who found "devRant" named something ;JS (specially for the reason they gave)

    Most people probably agree about the name. Just call it "NextJS". (btw, billion dollars framework / standard? ☺ok)

    I'm sad you guys think devRant is not worth it. DevRant can be a continuous money source if you want it. Why? Because we would do whatever you want to keep it running , just send us your patreon page and you'll see what I mean...

    If it isn't April Fool, you can still say it is.. And then rethink your future.

    Though, if it really is too late. Well, farewell. You guys created an "Aaron swartz" level project, I'm proud of you!

    Then you guys killed it, I don't know what to think of you.
  • 7
    Not funnyπŸ™ƒ
  • 4
    @thedev totally agreed
  • 3
    Where do I put my money?
  • 3
    @xios you could always send it to me
  • 6
    Let's down vote the post. Let's see how low a post like this can go.

    For the fun of it. It's april fool anyway, we can always say the down vote were jokes...

    I started.
  • 4
    @thedev good idea! I seconded
  • 15
    Revolutionary products can take time for society to recognize their significance. Edison's lightbulb was just another lightbulb (lightbulbs had existed for 80 years). Ford's Model-T was just another automobile. MS-DOS was just another OS. The iPhone was just another cellular phone. And Semicolon JS is just another JS framework.
  • 5
    @trogus whats the significance of MS DOS? πŸ€”
  • 8
    Yeah yeah , and am deleting Linux and installing windows to code in PHP .
  • 2
    @itch96 that's exactly what "too" much relates to. @trogus
  • 3
    April fools..
  • 3
    Nice try
  • 1
    How aboun letting the servers online? Someone could update the app, if you give them the source code
  • 5
    Just decompiled the App. Just to make sure.
  • 5
    I am reporting dfox and trogus comments in this rant. Why? April fools
  • 6
  • 7
    At this point DevRant has a life of its own and should be passed off to those who value it and continue to have passion for it in the case that your 'no joke' April's fools isn't some April's fools joke.

    There are plenty of capable devs here (myself excluded) and possibly a few willing to take this great community and potential money maker app called DevRant off your hands... ;)
  • 2
    πŸ˜‚
  • 5
    @arcadesdude and make dfox beg to give the company back after it has reached the place like google and ms.
  • 4
    @arcadesdude let me know when you want to start I'll set up GCP and circle ci for automatic deployment.

    I'm sure we can find some successful testers here that can help us do the same thing or better.

    DevRant ain't dying... Only people die... @trogus, @dfox....

    With love from @thedev...
  • 5
    @thedev i am sure @dfox and @trogus are crying in the corner thinking they didnt knew it would go this bad and thinking what to say tomorrow that it was a joke.
  • 4
    @kaqqao a lot of trump supporters here
    (wondering dfox will delete this because he previously said no society related stuffs)
  • 2
    @kaqqao he said the magic word "WALL" πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  • 4
    I wonder how they managed to buy semicolonjs.com just for a joke
  • 4
    Phew, the website is bad enough to know this is a joke. Buttons that do nothing, you guys wouldn't do that. Panic over.
  • 4
    They bought it 2 days ago
    bit.ly/2npW7Ei
  • 2
    And the t-shirts are logos are added in with paint =D
  • 3
  • 2
    This better be bullshit.
  • 5
    5/10 photoshop skills πŸ˜€
  • 5
    @stevorobs3 the real April fool's joke would be if they were actually making semicolon.js framework...
  • 2
    @dfox April Fool's?
  • 2
    @trogus @dfox 😭😭 plz don't let me go back to Fb and Coc. I love this community.
  • 4
    @KnightsOfCode because they were runing out of time and need to release in 2 days
  • 4
    @CozyPlanes All domains I have are powered by HTTPS which takes me about one minute to setup mostly with LetsEncrypt
  • 2
    @KnightsOfCode Was thinking exactly the fucking same!
  • 2
    @arcadesdude specially with all the passif aggressive and the false positive comment they had...

    One of them would be trying to hang himself while the other is blocking him so they can do it together

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • 6
    Definately April Fools joke... The ";JS" on the picture is photoshopped. πŸ˜‚

    (A good joke though)
  • 2
    @Devina Teach me how the hell you can see that pls 😊
  • 2
    @linuxxx he didn't had the time to do that either
  • 3
    On the bright side, always have wanted to see a picture of the devRant team so hereby I guess πŸ˜„
  • 2
    @linuxxx The day of the year instinct. πŸ˜‚
  • 14
    @trogus I never knew I wanted a black stressball until I saw one. Please, a black stressball for anyone who is above 26700++s
  • 2
    Wat? -_- the best place to chat some tech related stuff just can't shut down.
    Make this project opensource and find some good maintainers from community. The community is big enough for creating new features and maintaining app in different platforms. It is like closing Arch Linux or StackOverflow project - a shitty idea)

    P.S. it's a damn great joke, if I am right =D
  • 1
    I think that semicolon website has some hints in source code
  • 1
    How about devRant is turned into a stackoverflow without down votes? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • 2
    Without DR, I wouldn't have a social life. This can't be real
  • 7
    Still don't know if this is a joke

    Panicked a little when I read this tho
  • 3
    @dfox @trogus 😭😭😭 DevRant is life! Good luck on your next endeavor if this is for real. Best community I've ever been a part of, you two will crush itπŸ‘
  • 7
    Okay, hold on for a minute. If you are creating a new product, that's cool! If you are shutting down devRant, well this news better be an April Fools Day prank. I wore the devRant shirt today and made friends and I want more devs to use this app. 😝😝😝😝
  • 2
    Semicolon JS, great name idea, it will be so easy to find help on Google πŸ˜‚
  • 7
    @dfox
    If this was real, you would have announced it any other day, but today it's not possible to be true
  • 4
    If this is true, want to say was just getting started. As both of you made this great community whatever you gonna do will give you success.

    I hope @dfox sir has sent me a sticker's. I have 4, 5 rant eligible for sticker's so should I ask for all of them?

    This is the saddest April fool's day!!!
  • 2
    Brilliant satire.
  • 3
    Finally! Someone decided to pull the plug on this madness! I hope Semicolon JS will become every bit as useful as a ; ...

    *rodrigortz slaps @dfox and @trogus around a bit with a large trout*
  • 2
    But I just jumped in! I really wanted to get the stress ball πŸ˜‘
  • 2
    @hmharshit @rushmash fuck!!!
    My online social space is going to shutdown!!
    Fuck fuck fuck
  • 1
    @dfox Just say the four golden words alreadyπŸ˜›
  • 22
    Don't worry, the revolution will be televised! We've been working with some student filmmakers to document our journey towards creating this inspired new framework. To watch the inception and birth of a category defining product should be a real treat! They've captured some truly authentic @dfox moments, that time we lost power and he hadn't saved, the time when I first introduced him to tequila, and that time when he nearly lost all faith in our destined path to JavaScript framework greatness (there were tears). Can't wait to see the final footage!
  • 24
    After some serious discussion today @dfox and I have decided to change the framework name to OpenParenthesisDashSemicolon JS otherwise known as (-; JS

    Web development will never be the same after OpenParenthesisDashSemicolon JS is unleashed upon the world!
  • 1
    Haha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • 3
    @trogus You guys are creative, gotta give you and @dfox that πŸ˜…
  • 33
    Just had some new shirts made, OpenParenthesesDashSemicolon JS is going to be amazeballs!
  • 36
    I know some will be very disappointed because they were very excited for Semicolon JS, but...

    APRIL FOOLS!!!
  • 2
    @trogus I was right. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • 12
    @dfox @trogus at least now you guys know how much devRant matters for us.

    We just can't imagine a dev life without it anymore. It's like instagram and superficial bimbos, we just can't stop using it.

    I was serious about having the community support the platform if needed. I really think my brothers and sisters here would love to help.

    I think we also had some hint about having devrant (all or part of it) open source so we can help improve it and buy you sometimes for whatever other thing you have to do (just don't call it *.js πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

    DevRant is back I really had a bad day thinking my favorite platform on earth would die. I was really ready to redo it if need be.

    Good luck guys, you are the best.
  • 25
    @thedev Sorry to stress you out, April Fool's Day is more a silly American tradition where you quickly learn to trust no one on this particular date.

    We are still very passionate about devRant and have plans for some cool new features and improvements moving forward.

    PS a new js framework is a really dumb idea, nobody do that please!
  • 3
    For your own good I hope this is a joke...
  • 2
    So in preparation for the Apocalypse, I have started a Collab
    https://devrant.io/collabs/507629/
  • 3
    @thedev superficial bimbos lol

    @dfox maybe don't have a hackathon before you try to play a joke like that next time, usually if someone is loosing interest in a project there's less updates and they wouldn't plan events. But like i said on the slack channel you already have brought together atleast 20k devs/sysadmins so a new devRant would be up before 30 days if it came to that. But that being said it would never be the same without you and @trogus
  • 16
    @jckimble We're currently at 30k registered developers, and growing everyday.

    I have some mocks done for "live chat rooms" that can be spun up on the fly and die if they become inactive, so in the future, we might have some alternatives to the unofficial slack channels to have a real-time place for dev talk
  • 4
    @trogus that makes my point even more valid lol

    That sounds nice, irc or slack styled? Irc styled you could just use a websocket relay where the databases wouldn't need to be beefed up for it.
  • 2
    @jckimble πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ at least you saw it
  • 2
    @billgates dang I shoulda done the Collab yesterday... Seems @dfox hid it now though...

    Will delete... But on the serious side, why but start a Collab for feature requests?
  • 2
    @billgates auto mention? Someone uses twitter too much πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  • 3
    This was greatness to read through. A lot of passionate people. Thank you @dfox and @trogus.
  • 7
    Is it just me or @trogus looks like loki from avengers?
  • 4
    You guys got me good!
  • 4
    What made me realize was that there was no banner on the homepage or any other kind of permeant message.
  • 8
    Fkn hell got me sad for the whole day..
  • 14
  • 6
    @ElixirX post a rant about this joke probably be the quickest upvoted rant ever
  • 3
    Thank God! This is the only platform where I've felt like home :). Keep on rocking @dfox and @trogus!
  • 3
    @trogus Chat things sounds great though!
  • 6
    How long are you going to have semicolonjs.com for?? I'd love to have a collab to make a complete parody of a a new JavaScript framework. Complete with tutorials to make a hello world web app with only 20 files and 100megs of bower components
  • 4
    @dfox @trogus is it real that u guys bought that domain 2 days ago just to do a prank? Impressed
  • 1
    @CozyPlanes read the top of the rant maybe?
  • 10
    @NotABugAFeature haha! We will have it for at least the next year :)

    @CozyPlanes yup, we thought of the name a few days ago and the domain was available so we grabbed it!
  • 2
    @CozyPlanes if i have to guess. 10 - 15 usd. Domains are cheap
  • 19
    @dfox wait....
    HOW DID U EDITTED THE RANT????? U R A CHEATER!!!!!
  • 3
    Just found out @samster upvoted this rant.
  • 8
    You guys really had me ...I literally read each and every comment until I saw @dfox's post of april fools....Thank God....!!
  • 4
    @pal3117 welcome to devRant!
  • 8
    I just came to read comments.
  • 2
    @xios Usually in a wallet or purse.
  • 7
    @trogus i don't know why, but that looks like a dragon ball to me HAHAH XD
  • 3
    Thanks for the awesome experience and the great community that is DevRant!!
  • 5
    @dfox aye yo I hope someone finds one of your part time open source projects and removes all semi colons from it. πŸ’―πŸ˜‚
  • 3
    When is it going down? πŸ˜‚
  • 4
    I have just seen this post (Overlooked april fool) and became extremely sad at once. Thanks to commentators for pointing out April Fool.
  • 3
    Github links for devrant?
    Lol
  • 1
    Yep. This is why the next devRants needs to be open source
  • 3
    @uberblah "Edit: April fool's"
  • 1
    @Dacexi I ain't got no time to read comments! I was like "I only just got here and turns out they already shut it down, DAYUM!
  • 3
    @uberblah look at the first line of the rant
  • 3
    @Dacexi yeah I didn't before. Sorry about that. Don't want to confuse people now
  • 3
    @uberblah no problem. Welcome to devRant btw πŸ™‚
  • 2
  • 1
    @trogus updates of live chat rooms?
  • 3
    @CozyPlanes not yet, you'll be the first to know ;)
  • 1
    @trogus maybe 2 days later?? ^^
  • 2
    Binary is better πŸ˜‚
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