Pat, one of our diligent readers, sent us a picture of the perfect WFH setup that we can only assume was made possible with the Deskreen library we featured in last week’s issue. Thanks for the desk inspo, Pat! #Goals 😍.
eBay Releases Marko 5
eBay? I haven’t heard that name in years takes drag
Vintage JS framework, still in mint condition… Ebay just released the first major update in over 4 years to Marko, its most popular open-source project.
The framework’s main selling point is how it “re-imagines” and extends HTML to help you build dynamic and reactive UI’s in a declarative way. You can write your code once using (mostly) standard HTML, and it’ll work across the server and the browser with pretty great performance.
The Bottom Line
VC and OSS
Everything is fine
Developers love to throw around “it depends” and “tradeoffs” when making technical decisions. Naturally some frameworks/libraries are better suited for certain projects than others. The goal is to avoid the dreaded “we chose the wrong technology 2 years ago and now we’re screwed because of it” Medium think piece. However, one data point that developers never seem to take into consideration when making this decision is the financing of the company behind the technology.
What about Meteor? It raised $20MM, then
We’re good now though. It’s 2021, we’re partying like we’re not in the middle of a global pandemic, and all the OSS we use is backed by healthy companies with solid financial fundamentals.
Wait, what’s that? Nothing has changed? Oh.
The Bottom Line
I’m not saying VC is always bad - Cloudflare, Firebase, MongoDB all come to mind as successful, VC backed tech platforms. What I am saying is that companies backed by VC either grow or die trying and you should consider the current and future financial health of a company when making technical decisions.
One Question Interview
What does building for the web look like 5 years from now?
Using native ES Module during dev (and in some cases in production) will undoubtedly continue to be more popular; Vite and Snowpack are doing exciting things here.