We are entering the Christmas season, and React bloggers are reducing the pace. On my side, I will skip 2 editions.
Still, we have some nice releases and articles to discover. I really liked the article about font layout shifts.
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New major release for the Vercel data-fetching library. Various improvements listed, including:
Simplified Optimistic UI
Browser extensions: SWR DevTools
An imperative preloading API
Improved React 18 support
Vite is a frontend tool that keeps growing in popularity. This latest version now uses Rollup 3, which greatly simplifies the management of Vite's internal assets. There are now 2 React plugins with different tradeoffs:
vite-plugin-react: esbuild + Babel
vite-plugin-react-swc: replace Babel by SWC in dev, which seems to improve cold start and HMR
Nadav is co-founder of Wix and presents us his new project, a visual IDE for React (and soon other frameworks). It's not about replacing your current IDE, but rather about completing it. Codux allows you to work on a component in isolation, including editing props and styles via a visual interface. The video Meet Codux should help you understand better. It's a bit like Storybook, but with the ability to edit, and a bidirectional synchronization with your code.
📖 New Supabase Docs, built with Next.js: Supabase's doc is migrating from Docusaurus to Next.js, due to the growing need to build something custom. Nevertheless, they give a very positive feedback on Docusaurus.
📜 Integrate Next.js and Storybook automatically: introduce the automatic support of Next.js via the new Framework API that comes in Storybook 7 (now in beta). Storybook is able to understand your Next.js project better. No more need to add decorators/addons for navigation, Link and Image components. The support will continue to improve over time: Server Components, next/font...
📜 Optimizing Web Fonts in Next.js 13: probably the best illustrated article explaining font layout shifts. Explains at the end how Next.js optimizes this for us automatically. Worth reading!
📜 Migrating a large, open-source React application to Next.js and Vercel: Vercel is doing a POC of migrating the BBC's open-source site, just for fun 😄 They're highlighting the benefits gained just by being on a Next.js stack and call BBC to action if they want to pursue this migration.
📜 Avoid These Common Pitfalls Of React useState: 6 common useState anti-patterns presented with solutions + embedded interactive exercice playgrounds
🐦 Xuan Huang - "Forget is in good hands as we now have a team behind it": Xuan also mentions that he left Meta
🐦 "I fixed vanilla-extract/sprinkles using a vite plugin": new Vite plugin that could significantly reduce the CSS emitted by Vanilla-Extract / Sprinkles
📦 Remix 1.8: the "React-Router-ing" is progressing
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📜 React Native Paper 5.0 – What’s New?: add Material Design 3 "Material You" support, but also keeps the possibility to stay on Material Design 2. There are new components, and helpers to easily integrate the lib with React-Navigation.
📜 Microsoft - Announcing the evolution of dep-check: align-deps: new version of the dep-check tool from Microsoft that allows to ensure that its monorepo uses the right package versions. Renamed because of a conflict with depcheck. Can now be more easily used on a project other than React-Native.
📜 Introducing: Maestro Studio: to create end-2-end black box tests via an interface
🔗 Microsoft - React-Native Devblog: new blog dedicated to React-Native on the Microsoft website.
🎨 @expo-image demo: Software Mansion is working on an alternative to react-native-fast-image
🎨 React-Native-Skia-Gesture demo: gesture detector for Skia canvas elements
📦 android-performance-profiler: new API available
🐦 "Apple is preparing to allow alternative app stores and side-loading on iOS" + "And allow non-Safari browser engines": this seems important for React-Native even if for the moment it seems limited to Europe.
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Optimize Interaction to Next Paint: Google devs explain how to improve the performance of our apps interactions (the new INP metric). This is particularly interesting for our React SPAs.
2022 In Review: What’s New In Web Performance?:A nice overview of what's new in webperf in 2022. The 2023 predictions indicate work to better measure SPA performance, instead of just the initial page load metrics. TIL about the soft-navigations repo.
Ecma International welcomes new members: welcoming Shopify and Vercel
Zod 3.20: glad to see the coercion coming, very useful to convert some query-string params (example: ?pageSize=10) into numbers automatically.
Vitest 0.27.7: Vite 4 support
Tauri Mobile Alpha Release: if I understand correctly it is using a WebView - new competitor to Cordova/Capacitor? 🤔
New npm features for secure publishing and safe consumption: finally a code explorer on the npm site!
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