I got a dirty mouth, but my kitchen’s clean
Vercel’s Big Year
December 2020 was a different time… before Space Jam 2 had ruined our childhoods and Web3 had ruined Twitter. Back then, Vercel was just another early stage devtool startup with a popular OSS framework — and we didn’t even know what Guillermo’s kitchen looked like 😱.
But times have changed.
Npm downloads for Next.js have doubled in the last 12 months (after tripling in 2020), Vercel’s paid hosting product has taken off, and the company is officially a majestic unicorn (which means if you can drink its blood, you’ll live forever).
Here’s a recap of Vercel’s big year:
What’s in store for 2022? Vercel has been talking about building an “edge-first” end-to-end platform for the web. That’s a lot of buzzwords, but it’s probably safe to say that Guillermo’s in the kitchen, cookin’ up something good.
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Check out this tutorial to see how easy it is to build a React chat app that leverages Stream’s Chat API and their React Components. The API is surprisingly flexible, which means you can build pretty much any chat experience you’d ever need.
The Coolest Bits of 2021
Here’s a list of our most popular Bits of the year.
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