This week we have some nice releases with Astro 2.0 and Remix 1.11. Also some interesting content around Server Components.
React-Native is not left out with Expo Router in release candidate, Expo Image in beta, and a new solution to create Android widgets.
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Astro releases its v2. New features highlighted:
Content Collections: Automatic type-safety for Markdown & MDX.
Hybrid Rendering: Static? Dynamic? Get the best of both worlds.
Redesigned Error Overlays
Improved Dev Server (HMR)
See also the article Introducing Content Collections: Type-Safe Markdown in Astro 2.0. It's about validating the front matter with Zod, to be able to use this data in a typed way in React components, and to have good error messages displayed with a good DX when front matter data that doesn't respect the schema. Definitely a good idea, by the way Docusaurus does it too 😜.
A nice Remix release with the main new features:
<Await>to initiate a streamed response. The loader can return promises that will be awaited later on the client side.
Route Convention v2: a new convention (flat routes) that can be activated now and will become the default convention in v2.
Experimental support for CSS imports, CSS Modules, Vanilla Extract.
🐦 "If you use React, you should be using a React framework": Andrew Clark gives good reasons to use a framework. If you don't use one, you end up creating a not-so-great one yourself.
📜 The building blocks of great docs: migration in progress of a technical documentation to Next.js 13. The use of Server Components brings a lot of benefits on a site with lots of static content.
📜 useGlobalState - Sharing state between React components without context or fancy libraries: proposes to create its own global state abstraction, without the need to use providers.
📜 What I Like About Astro: interesting comparison with Gatsby or Next.js on data sourcing, integrations (RSS, sitemap...). Astro makes it difficult to have a slow site.
📜 Improving readability with React Wrap Balancer: details the inner workings of React Wrap Balancer which allows to balance headlines without producing layout shifts (missing CSS feature).
📜 Use Remix as a SPA only: using a
👀 React docs PR - Replace Create React App recommendation with Vite: controversial PR this week
📦 Bright - React Server Component for syntax highlighting: promising WIP package for modern syntax highlighting. In a Node.js/server context, we can run heavier code like parsing an AST rather than using regexp (Prism).
📦 Redwood 4.0 RC: new API Auth, GraphQL Yoga v3, GraphQL Armor, Node.js 16/18...
Expo Router proposes to create your mobile navigation (still based on React-Navigation) using file-system naming conventions, as do most React web frameworks already. We can find the usual features like layout routes, dynamic routes, error boundaries...
The most interesting for me: the universal support. Navigation is based on links, a
<Link> component and Metro web support (experimental). Now that the native part of Expo is working well, I wouldn't be surprised to see Expo gradually become a universal full-stack framework, and realize Andrew Clark's prediction.
📖 Maestro Guides - React-Native: the e2e testing framework now offers a React-Native doc page.
📦 React-Native-Android-Widget: new package to create Android widgets, using dedicated UI primitives. Has a widget preview system. Easy to use in Expo (Config Plugin).
📦 Moti 0.22: a fix brings Hermes support.
📦 Metro 0.74: great performance improvements.
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