Why I released a crappy todo app that no-one will ever use

By Steve Claridge on 2014-03-15.

The last thing the world needs is another todo app, so, uh....., here's mine.

I wanted to build the simplest possible todo list, I wanted nothing more than a paper-and-pencil list in my browser - with the small bonus of being able to easily re-order the items. I wrote my own because I couldn't find another bare-bones todo app, they all have jazzy features that I just don't need.

I'm scratching my own itch a bit but, more importantly for me, I wanted to ship something. I've read enough Seth Godin and Jason Fried that I have the release early and release often and just ship it messages screen-burned into my eyes. And yet, over the last 5-6 months I've been building stuff but haven't released a damn thing. I've fallen for all the classic procrastination pitfalls: the app isn't good enough, it's not finished , no-one will like it, someone else is doing it better already, people will laugh, it doesn't look right, oooh.... shiny new thing to try instead of finishing this.

The excuses for not shipping were coming thick and fast and I needed to shake myself out of it. If you want a simple to-do app then here you go, some things you should know:

  1. There's no registration or login.
  2. Todo data is stored locally on your machine (using your browser's localStorage).
  3. You can edit or delete a todo by clicking on it.
  4. When editing, pressing return saves a todo, pressing escape or clicking outside the edit box cancels the edit.
  5. You can sort the todo list by clicking a black square and then dragging the todo up and down the list.
  6. Tested on Firefox 14, Chrome 21, Chromium 18 and IE 8.