This week, we’ve got new hope for my Google Glass app, using TypeScript to build backends, and Soulja Boy deep cuts from the Remix team.
Welcome to #92.
How are we supposed to fit all that code in this sandbox?
CodeSandbox is coming for that SaaS cash
Quick, without cheating: How many CodeSandboxes were created in 2021?
If you guessed 12 million, you are correct! And if you really knew that off the top of your head, your name probably rhymes with Clives clan Cloorne.
The goal of Projects is to help developers use the CodeSandbox platform for “bigger, more complex projects and bigger teams.” Or in other words, “to help CodeSandbox get more of those sweet enterprise SaaS dollars.”
But hey, as there’s a solid free tier for me to mooch off, I’m all for it. The product itself looks pretty compelling:
Bottom Line: My side project is also just a few steps away from becoming a legit business like CodeSandbox. I just need to convince 12 million people to do 3 things: 1) download my AR app for Google Glass that lets you play Guitar Hero by tracking your eye movements, 2) actually buy a Google Glass, and 3) start thinking Guitar Hero is cool again.
Building notifications from scratch. [sponsored]
Courier’s new API saved me from my PM
You know that one person on your team who loves building complex notification systems?
Of course you don’t.
That’s because notifications have become a special kind of hell with tons of different platforms to worry about — email, SMS, chat, web and mobile push, Slack and more.
That’s what makes Courier’s simple API so powerful. It’s a one-stop shop for all notification platforms — so you can use the same API call to send your users an email, an SMS, a Slack message, or a push notification.
And their new Courier Elemental update gives you a JSON-based syntax to easily customize the design and content for each platform you send messages to.
This makes designing the actual notifications a lot less tedious, and it lets you create more dynamic notifications like magic login links and location based alerts.
So tell your PM to go as crazy as they want with notifications, because Courier’s got your back.
Check it out and get 10,000 free sends a month.
There’s a new server sheriff in town
ChiselStrike lets you build backends with TypeScript
Well, ChiselStrike is bringing that same energy back to the modern web. They just announced a new, open-source serverless platform and their first trick? Allowing you to create a RESTful backend simply by creating a TypeScript definition.
So get ready to tell that pretentious-ponytailed backend architect at your company that there’s a new server sheriff in town.
Here’s how it works:
You create a Model (
Then you add a file to your
And that’s it. ChiselStrike then generates that endpoint for you - no database setup, no database connections, no compliance worries, no queries, just API. It’s 🪄 magic, but in the best way.
Bottom Line: Can’t wait to see the look on my wife’s face when she sees that huge “My husband is a full-stack developer” bumper sticker that I put on the back of her car for her birthday. You’ve gotta do the little things to keep that spark alive.
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