This week, we’ve got Google’s succession plans, Bun tattoos, and my virtual wolfpack chatroom from 2005. Welcome to #110.
Live footage of the C++ succession ceremony
Google wants to build the TypeScript of C++
It all went down last week in Toronto at a C++ Conference (yes those are real, I checked).
Chandler Carruth (leader of the C++, Clang, and LLVM teams at Google) stepped onstage to give the keynote speech, slowly locked eyes with everyone in the audience, and delivered the news: “C++ kind of sucks, actually.”
Ok, he didn’t say it quite like that. But he did say that the language is “falling short” of its stated goals — which include software and language evolution, creating code that is easy to write and understand, and more.
Why though? Just like your parents, most C++ issues stem from the fact that it’s pretty old and unwilling/unable to change (still love you, mom).
The language is bogged down by decades of technical debt, but it needs to focus on backwards compatibility (at the expense of incremental improvements) to make sure it doesn’t break all of the low-level systems that use it to power… (*checks notes*) most of the modern world.
Bottom Line: There are lots of great options for modern, low-level programming languages out there (Rust, Go, Kotlin, and more). But the C++ ecosystem isn’t going away anytime soon, especially now that Google has stepped in the ring. Stay tuned.
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FusionAuth is the holy grail
Trying to build authentication from scratch is like trying to hold in diarrhea while meeting your future in-laws – it’s painful, complicated, and you’re one wrong step away from a complete disaster.
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Design system support group
Radix releases v1.0 so you can stop pretending to build your own
Remember ~2 years ago when every frontend dev wanted to work on design systems, only to realize it’s basically like working in the basement of Lumon Industries?
Fortunately, Radix UI (Latin for round) just released v1 of their set of primitive, un-styled React UI components — so we can all stop pretending to build our own 🙏.
What makes Radix so good? Every React app does styling differently, which can make certain component libraries a no-go. Radix, however, is unstyled, which makes it easy to adopt and customize.
Each component encapsulates the markup and core UI behaviors while ensuring that accessibility features like keyboard navigation, focus management and screen readers work out of the box (aka all the things your PM would cut from the scope because “we need to move fast and break things”).
Basically, Radix let’s you live your life, while they earn the finger traps for providing some top-tier goodies out of the box:
Bottom Line: You know a component library must be great if big bois like Vercel, Linear, and Supabase were already using it before Radix had released v1. Excited to see where it goes from here 🚀.
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