This week, we’ve got blessings from the platform, math being a very cool thing, and yet another existential crisis.
Welcome to #101.
The Chrome team presenting new platform features
Google I/O Goodies
While y’all were busy watching the Johnny Depp—Amber Heard trial (sickos), “One take Jake” and the rest of the Google team just wrapped up another I/O. This year they were able to (mostly) avoid getting our hopes up, and then crushing us with the inevitable “it’s available behind a flag 🥲,” thanks to the Interop initiative (which might be the biggest thing no one is talking about).
TLDR: Browser vendors set aside their differences back in 2019 to start working together on fixing deficiencies in the web platform. So far, it’s resulted in an explosion of new features and fixes that are supported across all major browsers. It turns out, Google DevRels have been listening to your
Let’s break down some of these cool, new, (mostly) non-flagged features from I/O 2022.
HTML & CSS:
Things we can’t have yet, but have been promised:
Bottom Line: If the goal of I/O was to get us hyped about the future of the web platform, mission accomplished. The only thing missing was a Google Devrel version of (Tech) Celebrities Read Mean Tweets. There’s always next year.
“You set this up in 5 minutes? Incredible.” [sponsored]
FusionAuth made my job fun again
I got into this industry for one reason — my burning passion for building complex authentication solutions.
Ok, that’s a lie.
Call me old fashioned, but I’m just a little more interested in building features that users *actually* care about — instead of worrying about crap like SSO, MFA, user management, and all the security headaches that come along for the ride.
That’s why we’re huge fans of FusionAuth.
They handle all of the messy auth and security stuff for you, and make it super easy to integrate with your app in 5 minutes or less (no matter how weird your tech stack is).
They’re also way more flexible than most other auth tools — you can deploy anywhere, you can self-host, and you can easily customize whatever you want with their straightforward APIs and webhooks.
Check it out — and never worry about hand rolling auth again.
Do you have a minute to talk about our fearless leader, Solid.js?
What’s behind the Solid.js hype?
If you’ve spent any time on tech Twitter recently, you’ve probably noticed two things:
But since we all know that
But unlike React, there’s no Virtual DOM and no Hooks rules. Instead, Solid uses a compiler (similar to Svelte) that converts your JSX into vanilla JS. This makes Solid a lot simpler than modern React and a lot faster.
But Solid’s been around for a while (2018-ish). So why are we hearing so much about it now?
Two words: React fatigue.
It’s no secret that even die-hard React fans are starting to get a little disillusioned by the growing complexity around Hooks. So it’s probably no coincidence that we started hearing lots of great things about Solid’s simplicity right after the React team posted an RFC for a new hook,
Bottom Line: This is definitely still the honeymoon phase for Solid (they just released v1.4). And it’s easier for a framework like Solid to preach the virtues of speed and simplicity from the earlier stages of the development and adoption lifecycle, than it is for a more mature and popular framework like React.
That said, Solid does look awesome. It combines the best parts of two beloved frameworks (React and Svelte) to make a new framework that’s simple, fast, and powerful. And we can always appreciate a good mash-up.
🔬 Spot the (TypeScript) Bug — Sponsored by Courier
This livestream shows you how to add Slack as a transactional notification channel with Courier’s super simple API.
🔬 Spot the (TypeScript) Bug Solution — Sponsored by Courier
TypeScript will warn us if we pass anything but an array of numbers to that function, but if the array has less than 3 items in it, the third item will be undefined and our function will return
There are many solutions to this. One would have us change our type signature to be a tuple type instead of an array. TypeScript can then warn us if our array doesn’t have enough options.
Another option is to enable the