The week we talk about the new Open Web Docs initiative and the future of MDN.
Go Time’s Mat Ryer joins Jerod, KBall, and Nick to play Story of the Week, Today I Learned, Unpopular Opinions, and Shout Outs!
Mike Bostock celebrates D3’s 10th by reflecting on what he’s learned over the years. There’s a lot to glean from Mike’s reflections. I really enjoyed this sentiment under the “Don’t go it alone” section:
To avoid entrusting your emotional wellbeing to internet randos (see #8), you must develop relationships with a small, stable group of people that you respect. In other words, find a team (or community) that can provide validation, feedback, support, and mentorship. Maybe this is obvious to everyone but me — yes, Mike, friends are good — but I feel like it’s worth repeating today when so much human interaction happens at a distance.
Browser extensions are cool until you need to set up one.
extension-createhelps you develop cross-browser extensions with built-in support for module imports/exports, auto-reload, and more.
Cezar describes it as
create-react-app, but for browser extensions.
With Jam you can create audio rooms that can be used for panel discussions, jam sessions, free flowing conversations, debates, theatre plays, musicals and more. The only limit is your imagination.
Oh, and join us in the #jsparty channel of our community slack where we’re giving away three FREE e-book copies of Eric’s new book! 🎁
UsTaxes is an open source tax filing application that can be used to file the Federal 1040 form. It is different from paid tax preparation software in that it protects user privacy and is provided for free. It is available in both web and desktop formats.
The coolest thing about this (in addition to it being free-as-in-beer) is that it stores all data in the browser only, so your personal info never leaves your computer.
WIP Alert: You shouldn’t use it file your taxes for the 2020 / 2021 tax season, but it’s a great time to get involved and help this software become production-ready for the next go-around.
Before React, there was Angular and before that, there was jQuery – all frameworks that have fallen by the wayside. It’s just a matter of time before something comes along and takes the mantle as the new hotness. Or so they say.
I’m not so sure. In fact, I think React will be with us for many years to come.
He sites React Native’s success as one reason React will remain relevant, amongst others. I’m not so sure.
I believe React The Idea (uni-directional data flow through declarative component trees) is here to stay, but I’m not so convinced that React The Software won’t be soon replaced like its predecessors were.
Until recently, V8 had a special machinery to deal with arguments size mismatch: the arguments adaptor frame. Unfortunately, argument adaption comes at a performance cost, but is commonly needed in modern front-end and middleware frameworks. It turns out that, with a clever trick, we can remove this extra frame, simplify the V8 codebase and get rid of almost the entire overhead.
A fascinating read and fantastic performance improvements for all to enjoy.
Our debate format returns! Divya & Feross take the “Nope” side while Amal & Nick represent the “Yep”s. Whose side will you take?
You may be wondering why this is a good idea. Thankfully, the README starts by answering that question:
- Leverage web technologies: Use all of CSS, Canvas, SVG, WebGL, etc.
- Leverage programming: Use variables, functions, APIs, math and algorithms to create new effects
- Leverage React: Reusable components, Powerful composition, Fast Refresh, Package ecosystem
At this point, we may need to adjust Atwood’s Law, which states:
I think a
1log is a new logging library for the browser and Node. This library provides a
log() function which is like
console.log, but with superpowers:
- It can be used in expressions -
- It supports plugins
There are plugins for setting a severity level, for adding badges, and for logging functions, iterables, promises, and RxJS observables. You can even use it in your tests. Instead of writing log messages to the console, you can inspect them in unit tests with help of Jest’s snapshots feature.
Nick Schot from Simplabs with a solid primer to get you started with the Web Animations API
All popular browsers have now implemented the minimum features necessary to do complex animations and a polyfill which adds support for the Web Animations API to older browsers is available. It’s time we tried it out!
Chris Coyier rounding up recent frontend moves (by Basecamp and React, specifically) back to server-side rendering techniques of old:
So: servers. They are just good at doing certain things (says the guy typing into his WordPress blog). There does seem to be some momentum toward doing less on the client, which I think most of us would agree has been taking on a bit much lately, which asset sizes doing nothing but growing and growing.
Let’s push those servers to the edge while we’re at it.
I agree. Servers are cool. Clients are cool, too. But so are servers.
Joe Sweeney built Podrain to scratch his own podcast-listening itch. Here’s what he had to say about it in our community chat:
Hi there! Huge fan of Changelog. I actually built a podcast client for the web as a Vue PWA, as a proof-of-concept towards building a web-first future away from app stores. Works fully offline with downloaded audio, as in, works in Airplane mode (but on Android only). Interface is rough but it’s pretty stable and improving over time!
Try Podrain yourself by pointing your favorite web browser right here.
Kamran Ahmed, creator of Developer Roadmaps, joins Jerod to talk through his 2021 roadmaps to becoming a web developer.
We cover why Kamran created these resources, who they’re for, how to interpret them, and then take a stroll down the paths to becoming a frontend and backend developer.
Which path are you on in 2021?
Deskreen is an
electron.jsbased application that uses
WebRTCto make a live stream of your desktop to a web browser on any device. It is built on top of Electron React Boilerplate For better security mechanism, end-to-end encryption is implemented, which is inspired bydarkwire.io , the difference is, that it is rewritten in
Typescriptand transformed to use
The Deno team shared a recap of 2020 and their plans for 2021.
With API stabilizations, several large infrastructure refactors, the 1.0 release, and shipping the single most requested feature, 2020 brought a lot of action to the Deno project.
Please fill out the Deno survey to help guide our development in 2021.
We ask Jason what “modern web app” means, how WMR fits in to the JS tooling landscape, why the Preact team created it in the first place, and dig into all it has to offer. Where’s My Roomba?
What would happen if browsers came pre-installed with Node.js, an IDE, and a simple runtime environment?
There’s a new stack in town. PETAL. It destructures to Phoenix, Elixir, Tailwind, Alpine and LiveView. So what is it? Well, it helps you build web applications. Let me tell you about it…