Hey June 🚀
Every time I start to make a reference to the season, I remember that it’s not the same season for everyone. It’s monsoon at my place, but it might be summer at yours. It’s impossible to generalise. I think it’s important that we remember this when building web applications as well. There are all kinds of people all around the world and experiences you build might be critical to some of them. Let’s be humble and keep the different seasons for users in our mind.
As we did for the last couple of issues, I will begin with some updates from the war field (I wish I didn’t have to)
Cloudflare was celebrating Platform Week this month and there are a slew of announcements from them. Here’s some that got me excited.
The next major version of Flutter was announced at Google I/O and it brings in support for six major platforms - iOS, Android, Web, Windows, Linux and MacOS apps. Material Design is also entering it’s v3 with this release. It’s cool to know that Google finds 500,000 apps that are now build with Flutter.
Satya Nadella accentuated their commitment to low code/no code on keynote while launching their new static page builder - Power Pages. It comes with a design view where users can change designs to a templates hub for most common applications.
This minor release focuses on the upgrade to NodeJS 16 and support for ECMA module system natively. This brings forth it’s own challenges and features (for eg. the wild system that forces you to say .js for every file you import). There are also other useful changes like:
The announcement reads that this is the biggest release yet for expanding what you can do with stories. The rewrite of storybook and support for runners other than Webpack (Vite for now) is really cool. Even if you continue to use Webpack, it now supports lazy compilation of stories (which makes a lot of sense here) things should be much quicker.
Stephanie Eckles creates a site for minimal snippets with modern CSS for problems that has existed since forever. Even if you are familiar with the solutions mentioned, you will find that the code has smol tidbits that help you avoid potential problems.
Last month’s newsletter had featured a tweet with some migration wisdom on Stripe’s transition to using TypeScript - That’s been converted into a detailed blog post now. There are interesting catches now how they decided to convert their codebase and migration path.
React Router is combining with the powers of router from Remix (from the same authors). This means that a lot of data fetching, loading states and error boundaries get tied into the route configuration but also faster smarter states for all these. It’s still under release plan, the code is really cool but I’m wondering how data fetching libraries like react-query take this approach.
Matt Pocock is wildly recognised as a TypeScript Guru. He was on Visual Studio Code Youtube channel explaining some tips and concepts with TypeScript with live code examples and use cases. It’s a great watch if you want to level up and test TypeScript depths.
A City in a Bottle 🌆— Frank Force 🌻 (@KilledByAPixel) April 22, 2022
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Riffle has a blog on building data centric applications with an SQLite database on the client interacting with reactive queries. They reason that this can hold all state for the UI persistently in a single place and retrieve them super fast. The sync with remote servers would be centered around the CRDT sync that was made famous by Actual Budget (which went open source around last month)
Google’s developer conference was this month and among all the updates (Pixel 6A, Pixel Watch and mythical translation lens) are the State of the Union keynotes for Web (Chrome) and other Google products like Android. It’s a big opportunity to catch up with what’s new with all these technologies and platforms.
Google was not the only company with the developer event happening in May. Here’s Microsoft:
Hydration in React was originally not built for SSR. It was because IE6 had a really slow DOM API but relatively fast JS strings. It was faster to concat HTML strings on the client and then “hydrate” it. This equation later changed as more refs were used and the DOM got faster.— Sebastian Markbåge (@sebmarkbage) April 20, 2022
NVIDIA is now publishing Linux GPU kernel modules as open source with dual GPL/MIT license, starting with the R515 driver release. You can find the source code for these kernel modules in the NVIDIA/open-gpu-kernel-modules GitHub page
NVIDIA likes empowering everyone to find and fix the issues with their Linux graphics drivers.
There was hack on Github based on oAuth tokens issued to Heroku and Travis CI. Just when you think it’s individuals who lost their tokens, Github’s own company - NPM was also revealed to be affected. Github reveals that the attacker may have cloned private repositories that were linked to the user (of interest). Github has send notified users who were affected by the hack.
Framework laptop is renowned for bring the dream of upgradable and repairable laptops into reality. There is a new and improved processor support with 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Ethernet expansion cards.
Terra was the famous “Bluechip” coin for investors which proudly proclaimed “powering the innovation of money”. It’s an algorithmic stablecoin - meaning that it was pegged to US dollar by an algorithm. The algorithm did this with the help of it’s sister coin Luna. The rise of Terra was powered by the Anchor protocol which had users deposit their share of Terra and get upto 20% interest on it, the protocol in turn lent the deposited cryptocurrency to other users. Both the coins fell sharply this month, wiping $60 billion in value.