The Final Mile

May 3, 2023

If you’re building an app for a global audience, you’re usually just happy that it works—period. But when the finish line is just around the corner, the final mile of updating the app can be easily forgotten.

Designing and building a software app is complicated. You have to check all the boxes:

  • Create a wonderful user experience
  • Make the feature set complete
  • Develop logic that works in every scenario
  • Test and retest it, and then probably test it again
  • Distribute it to everybody out there who wants to use it

In our experience, distribution is typically when the issues start showing up. Users have a problem and they need something fixed urgently—especially if they are paying for the app. So you fix the problem, and now you need to send an update to each and every user on each and every platform you support.

If you only have a couple users, even a 500MB app wouldn’t be a big deal. But if you have thousands or millions of users, that traffic really adds up, both with bandwidth as well as memory allocation.

Bundle size multiplied by number of users multiplied by frequency of updates

On top of baseline traffic, you might also mangle your distribution logic or misconfigure your CDN. An easy mistake for developers of all skill levels to make. There are many horror stories of this, such as recently shared by @pie6k:

Tweet screenshot by @pie6k
Tweet by @pie6k

At CrabNebula, we understand the challenges of delivering software to a global audience, especially when it comes to the final mile of updating the app. We’ve all been there. That’s why we’re working towards providing seamless continuous delivery infrastructure for Tauri applications, making these problems go away.

Our platform will help you distribute updates to all of your users on all platforms seamlessly and efficiently. With our infrastructure, you can reduce the size of your app bundle, optimize the frequency of updates, and ensure flawless distribution logic.

Don’t let the last mile of software delivery be the bottleneck for your global audience. With CrabNebula, you can have a seamless and worry-free software distribution experience.

Daniel Thompson-Yvetot
Daniel Thompson-Yvetot Chief Executive Officer
Tejas Kumar
Tejas Kumar Director of Developer Relations