Welcome to March folks.
The ChatGPT revolution is sweeping the internet. Both Microsoft and Google launched their own chatbots this month. Bing AI is based on OpenAI’s new model and is currently being tested with beta testers. I have access to BingAI and can confirm that some of it is quite useful, while some results are purely imaginary. Use it only for verifiable information for now.
Google’s chatbot Bard is currently being tested with trusted partners, with no waitlist, and is therefore still an unknown quantity at this point.
Bing’s AI code, Sydney, went viral after it was released despite suffering from too many breakdowns, which is surprising for an AI.
PS: BingU is what I have codenamed BingAI. It’s not a spelling mistake.
Meanwhile, there is a rush to identify AI generated content. Stable Attribution was launched last month to figure out the AI’s inspirations for generating an image. The Verge reports on AI generated fiction flooding literary magazines which I’m not sure where to draw the line.
:picture-in-picturepseudo class helps to add styles to your PIP windows.
initial-letterto style drop caps.
LLaMa is Facebook’s answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s LaMDA. It’s a collection of large language models developed by Meta AI that can generate text and perform various tasks in multiple languages.
The TypeScript 5.0 release candidate has arrived with a focus on decorators. Initially, using decorators was primarily associated with Angular, and enabling them required configuring legacy experimental options. With this release, decorators seem to be a permanent feature.
This release includes experimental support for creating single executable applications, which enables distributing an application to a system without NodeJS installed and an experimental URL parser named Ada.
The spec for 2023 ECMAScript is now is draft. This is when all the proposals that reached Stage 4 last year are taken and added to the original language specifications. These features might have already been added to browsers.
React Criticism - Zack Letterman
Zack has compiled a list of blog posts that offer valid criticisms of React as a historical reference. For those who have been using React for a while, the list has a nostalgic feel to it. For newcomers to React, the list can be beneficial in understanding where the library’s various features originated from.
Some other posts/videos on the topic:
yes, second post from Zack on this newsletter.
PS: Zack is the creator of 11ty.
Although I don’t use React Native myself, I would like to explore the survey results regarding the most commonly used tools and features in its ecosystem.
According to the survey, the majority of React Native developers had previous experience as React or frontend developers, rather than having migrated from Android or iOS. This finding may come as a surprise, yet it is also somewhat expected.
A categorized list of React libraries with personal opinions, including router, styling, and a lengthy catalog of UI libraries.
What makes Signals unique is that state changes automatically update components and UI in the most efficient way possible. Automatic state binding and dependency tracking allows Signals to provide excellent ergonomics and productivity while eliminating the most common state management footguns.
Personal opinion: SolidJS uses Signals effectively and I do believe it’s superior system to
Check each word to be sure it needs to be there. If you can use fewer words, you should. When in doubt, read your writing out loud.
Although the article focuses on writing better Apple apps, the advice can be applied to any application copy. The article covers topics such as tone, clarity, conciseness, consistency, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and localization, and provides examples of good and bad writing practices for various scenarios.
If you are not in the SASS business, you may worry about product imitation. However, if you are in the business, you understand that copying a successful competitor is often necessary. Failing to do so may cause your users to migrate or at the very least complain. Nevertheless, continuously copying your competitors will only result in being a follower. Wise people also learn from other applications. But how can we determine who to learn from?
Jorge Mazal, the former CPO of Duolingo, provides some insight by suggesting asking the following questions:
As an avid Duolingo user, I appreciate the app’s animations and the level of gamification incorporated into the product. If you’re interested in growth, the story of how the app achieved 350% growth acceleration is a great read.
CoreJS is a popular polyfilling library used in various transpilers, such as Babel and SWC. The library is maintained solely by Denis Pushkarev, who resigned from his job to work on the project full-time. Unfortunately, tragedy struck when he was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the death of one pedestrian. As a consequence, he was sentenced to 10 months in jail. In addition, due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, his funding dried up, prompting him to write a super long article outlining the reasons why CoreJS is necessary and his plans for the future of the project.
The post has sparked lengthy discussions about the sustainability of open-source projects. It’s often observed that the allure of an open-source project lies in its “Free” status - users aren’t compelled to use it and the creators aren’t usually obligated to support it. However, when maintaining the project becomes a full-time job, the dynamics change. There are various proposals for financing open-source projects and making them sustainable, but was sustainability ever a part of their original design?