In the dynamic realm of web development, the tools and platforms we use play a pivotal role in shaping our projects. One such tool that has garnered attention recently is the SaaS Boilerplate, originally developed as an internal tool at Apptension.

The origins

Apptension, a place where innovation thrives, initially created the SaaS Boilerplate for its internal needs. Given that all employees at Apptension were Mac users, the tool was primarily tailored for the MacOS environment. However, as the potential of this tool became evident, the decision was made to release it to the public and make it open source. This move was met with enthusiasm, but it also brought to light a significant oversight: the tool wasn't optimized for the vast community of Windows developers. Feedback poured in, and the call for Windows optimization became louder.

What is SaaS Boilerplate?

For those unfamiliar with the tool, SaaS Boilerplate is not just another development tool. In essence, it is a fully functional foundation upon which a variety of web apps can be built. Once installed on a client’s AWS account, it includes these two core architectural modules:

  • Infrastructure leveraging AWS, inclusive of CI/CD;
  • And an application code that houses generic functions, such as logins and subscriptions.

These modules empower developer teams to repurpose specific, high-quality modules, streamlining the development process. 

For a deeper dive into the SaaS Boilerplate and the story behind its creation, explore a dedicated page about SaaS Boilerplate 

Bridging the gap for Windows users

As we open sourced SaaS Boilerplate, many Windows users faced challenges when trying to run it. The primary reason? They had to rely on WSL 2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux) which allows Windows users to run a Linux kernel without dual boot. While this is a powerful and valuable feature, it's not a standard way to work in web development, so, as a result, many found it confusing.

Recognizing the need to cater to a broader audience, we embarked on a mission to make SaaS Boilerplate fully cross-platform. This involved rewriting all 'shell' and 'make' rules to Node.js, ensuring the tool was not just for Mac and Linux users but also optimized for Windows.

The new CLI: simplifying processes

Our efforts culminated in a CLI (Command Line Interface) based on Oclif. This framework simplifies the user experience, allowing them to run SaaS Boilerplate as simple as with 'pnpm saas up' command.

In conclusion

Web development is about evolution and adaptability. By refining SaaS Boilerplate to cater to all major operating systems, we're championing a more inclusive development environment. Whether you're on Mac, Linux, or Windows, your experience with SaaS Boilerplate is set to be smooth and efficient.