We hope everyone survived all the cringe April Fool’s content last week. It’s always a great day for branded social media accounts and influencers who think they’re funny — but hell for the rest of us.
But speaking of a brand that thinks they’re funny, this week we’ve got Chrome’s Y2k moment, RR², and a safer way to attend the Tomorrowland EDM festival. Welcome to #94.
Up and to the right!
React Router + Remix = React Router (??)
React Router has had a monopoly on the routing in React game since it was originally ported from Ember in 2014. Unfortunately, after looking at the numbers, it’s come to their attention that Github stars don’t pay the bills.
But you know what does pay the bills? Getting people to use your free OSS framework. Wait.
Anyway, the Remix team (the same ones who brought you React Router) announced this past week that they’re going to be ripping out the brain of Remix and putting it in React Router.
What does that mean exactly?
In order to accomplish this the RR team is merging everything into the React Router repo, renaming it to Remix (tada 🎉), and will still distribute it as
The Bottom Line:
Remix (the company) needs all their React Router users to become Remix (the framework) users, and it makes sense why they are leveraging their best asset to accomplish that. But with these new features, and a commitment to backwards compatibility, it seems like it could be a win for everybody.
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Appwrite wants to write your backend for you
Congrats! Your team’s app made it to the top of Hacker News, and now you’ve got traffic coming out your eyeballs 🎉. There’s only one problem…
You went with a “usage-based” pricing plan for your hosting — and all that traffic just ate up the rest of the cash in your company bank account (RIP in peace).
Should’ve used Appwrite.
Appwrite is a self-hosted BaaS (backend as a service) platform that gives you a collection of easy-to-use REST APIs that abstract away all the complex and repetitive parts of building a secure backend.
And since it’s packaged as a set of (open-source) Docker microservices, you can host it however you want and not have to worry about getting burned by usage-based pricing.
It handles all of hairy stuff for you, so you can easily integrate your app with multiple user auth methods, set up a DB for storing and querying user data, and a lot more.
I guess that’s why they called it Appwrite. Finally makes sense now.
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Pretty sure my aunt never turned hers back on #SafetyFirst
Chrome 100 came out last week, and it was a little bit of a letdown tbh. We went from a two-digit version number to a three-digit version number for the web’s most popular browser — and the internet didn’t suddenly stop working, Sundar Pichai didn’t grow wings and crown himself Master of the Universe, and things weren’t much more apocalyptic than usual.
The extra digit did cause a few reported issues — but the Chrome team has already fixed most of those and helped us avoid a full-scale Y2K doomsday scenario. We didn’t even have to unplug our computers the night before to make sure that our credit cards and elevators kept working!
Besides civilization not grinding to halt, there were a few other highlights:
The Chrome team also created a cool microsite cataloging 100 cool web moments since Chrome first launched back in 2008. Not sure why they left off the date we started this newsletter, “What Does the Fox Say”, and this 15-second video of two hamsters refusing to go gently into that good night. But you know what they say about it being hard to teach good taste… it’s hard.
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