10 things we learned turning 100

Issue #100.May 16, 2022.2 Minute read.

🎉 Welcome to issue 100 🎉

We were planning on doing an awesome giveaway, but after looking at $NET this morning, it’ll have to wait until issue #200.

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10 things we learned turning 100

Just like real life, our old age has brought us a nice mix of wisdom, perspective, and IBS. We’ll try to share all three of those with you in this list of 10 things we’ve learned in the last 100 weeks.

1. Good frameworks borrow, great frameworks steal. And Next proved its greatness earlier this month when they announced that they’d be stealing adopting one of Remix’s killer features, nested routes, into the Next.js Router. But hey, framework competition/innovation is great for developers, so we’re not complaining.

2. If there’s an unintentional bug in our “Spot the Bug” section, we will get an email from literally everyone. Thank you (all 101,741 of you) for your vigilance.

3. Rust isn’t eating the web quite like we thought. Rust has been dominating the tooling space, but the whole “JavaScript is slow, so let’s rewrite our UI in Rust” hasn’t really panned out (at least not yet).

4. Having only high growth tech stocks in your portfolio is a bad idea. And it might be helpful to ask about the liquidation preference of the startup you work at 🙂.

5. Developers love writing CSS… as long as you can trick them into thinking they’re writing HTML. Hats off to Tailwind for figuring this out and becoming the most loved framework in the game.

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10 things we learned turning 100 — part 2

6. There are exactly three ways to fund open source. 1) GitHub sponsors (lol). 2) Form a pretend very real company and raise money from VC’s. 3) Get hired and/or acquired by Vercel. We don’t make the rules.

7. We don’t talk about Bruno CSS enough. This newsletter is mostly about JavaScript (and working through our early childhood traumas with niche humor), but CSS is having an Aubrey Graham style glow-up right before our eyes. After decades of pain, a bunch of amazing new CSS features are landing this year — cascade layers, container queries, color functions, and lots more. And I, for one, am stoked to write a little less JS.

8. Your kids grow up too fast. People try and warn you, but you blink — and all of a sudden Deno (which we wrote about in our first-ever issue) is turning 4 years old, partnering with Netlify to offer Edge Functions, and screaming to watch another episode of Daniel Tiger.

9. Anything that can live on the Edge, will end up living on the Edge. First it was JavaScript, and now it’s databases, thanks to Cloudflare bringing SQL to the edge with D1. We’re living through the glory days of the Edge, and like most things in life, Lady Gaga has already written the perfect song for this moment.

10. Making JavaScript memes in my mom’s basement is a lot more time consuming than we thought. But it’s worth the crippling anxiety we feel every Sunday night. Thanks for reading ❤️


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Cool Bits

  1. Jake Archibald from the Chrome Team gave a fantastic talk at Google I/O about bringing page transitions to the web with a new page transition API.

  2. Aspect lets you build React components visually and sync them to your codebase. Like most post-modern performance art, it was inspired by the developer console in Chrome and Safari.

  3. Simon MacDonald wrote about why he no longer uses Static Site Generators on his farm web apps.

  4. Antoine Craske wrote about Airbnb’s journey to microservices. Sadly, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about making Airbnb service fees smaller.

  5. Aaron Boodman wrote a great Twitter thread on the backstory of Ajax (Async JavaScript and XML — not the soccer club, or the bleach brand, or the Toronto suburb, or the Greek legend from Homer’s Iliad).

  6. Google’s State of CSS 2022 was packed with a surprising amount of cool new stuff.

  7. Stripe created Markdoc — a powerful and flexible Markdown-based framework that’s basically MDX without JSX. Powerful and flexible, just like the Collison brothers (we have the same Bikram yoga instructor).

  8. Supabase just raised $80m for its open source Firebase alternative. Because if there’s one (more) thing we’ve learned in the last 100 issues, it’s that VC’s love OSS.

🔬 Spot the Bug Solution — Presented by CarbonQA

For loops work by assigning a value to the variable for each iteration, but variables defined with const can’t be reassigned. Instead, we should use let to define our variable.

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  let result = 1;
  for (let i = 1; i < n + 1; i++) {
    result *= i; 
  return result;