This week, we’ve got Vue trying to make it as a SoundCloud rapper, a very special birthday celebration, and Wes Bos performance art. Welcome to #89.
You don’t want no problems, want no problems with me
Trouble in the Vueniverse?
But the last couple years have been difficult in Vue-Land, starting with the release of Vue 3 in September 2020.
That’s because Vue 3 was all about scaling up. They completely re-wrote its virtual DOM, and introduced a new set of React Hooks-like APIs to “address the pain points of Vue usage in large scale applications.”
But after 18 months, it’s clear that these big upgrades have caused some lingering fragmentation in the ecosystem — Nuxt 3 is still only in beta, and Vuetify (the most popular Vue component library) is only in alpha with its Vue 3 update. Other libraries have also struggled with the migration, thanks to the new major version.
As you can imagine, this has made life a lot more inconvenient for Vue devs — they want to use Vue 3, but their favorite UI framework or component library might not be compatible.
You could make the argument that this migration might have been less painful if Vue was backed by a big tech company with a nonstop money printer, but I’m also old enough to remember Angular.js, so who knows.
Bottom Line: Lots of indie artists struggle to make the jump into the mainstream, while still staying true to the OG fans who got them there. Vue is feeling those same growing pains right now — but the good news is that once the ecosystem finally catches up to Vue 3, they should be stronger than ever.
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Glow-up of the century
Happy Birthday Visual Studio 🎂
Visual Studio is about to turn 25, and like many of us, it was a late bloomer.
Back in 1997, it started out as a collection of three separate IDE’s for Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Visual FoxPro (no relation to Starfox, we checked). And they all came on separate CD’s, which you had to buy from a store 🤮. In the ’90s, “stealing software” meant setting up a heist at your local Circuit City like Mark Wahlberg in The Italian Job. We call it the Dark Ages for a reason.
In 2002, we got Visual Studio .NET edition, which came with a brand new programming language called C#. This fun little bonus feature was created by Anders Hejlsberg, who went on to create TypeScript a decade later 🐐.
And so it went for the next ~18 years. Along the way, Visual Studio was able to ditch the CD’s, but the software itself remained pretty bloated and relatively unpopular. VS finally got its ✨glow-up✨ in 2015 when it came out with VSCode — the powerful text editor we all know and (mostly) love, with TypeScript as the key ingredient.
Fast forward to today, and VSCode is used by over 70% of web developers and literally writes our code for us now. The Visual Studio IDE is still around too, but it’s mostly used by .NET developers to do whatever it is they do.
Bottom Line: None of this is that relevant to me personally, since I write all my code in the Apple Notes app right after I finish sketching it out on a whiteboard — but I guess it’s cool if you’re into debugging your code and stuff.
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