This week we’ve got lots of TypeScript news, squiggly eyebrow logos, and a new Humanities class that we’ll be teaching at the South Hampton Institute of Technology.
Welcome to #63.
Stop all of those red lines, we goin’ home
TypeScript News Dump
The TypeScript team obviously knew that Kanye was going to finally release Donda yesterday, so they decided to drop a bunch of announcements on us last week before ‘Ye took over the news cycle.
How did they know? Well, TypeScript was created by Microsoft, which also happens to be the company behind Windows Media Player and the Microsoft Zune. So yeah, they’ve got some pretty tight connections in the music biz, obviously.
The biggest TS news of the week was the TypeScript 4.4 release, which adds a few nice features (that may or may not require a PhD to understand the names of), such as:
Tl;dr — v4.4 will help you write safer, more bug-free code.
They also announced a brand new website to help get folks into TypeScript faster. It has more examples, completely rewritten docs, improved navigation. Sadly, it has no dark theme, which makes it completely unusable.
Finally, the virtual TSConf is coming up in two weeks — in case you want to hear the latest TypeScript news straight from the Core Team (or ask if they have any inside info on when the Zune relaunch will happen).
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SWR is ready for prime time
Last Friday, SWR finally blessed us with v1.0 of its React hooks data fetching library — two years after it was first open sourced by Vercel (its Creator™).
Quick review: SWR stands for
Here’s what’s new in SWR 1.0:
And as a bonus, SWR 1.0 has been officially shrunken down to fun size — thanks to a 41% smaller core and 52% smaller install size.
Bottom line: Right now, SWR isn’t nearly as ubiquitous as other data fetching solutions like React Query and RTK Query. But there are two reasons why that might change:
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