Douglas Crockford on ‘retiring’ JavaScript

#​600 — July 29, 2022

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Roll Your Own JavaScript Runtime — Bun, Rhino, Deno, Node, and now Blueboat.. is creating your own JavaScript runtime environment the new “hello world”? 😆 Not quite, but this is a fun walk through the bare basics of the process, and you’ll have a Rust, Tokio and V8 powered system of your own by the end of it.

Bartek Iwańczuk

Bun: A Complete Overhaul of the JavaScript Ecosystem? — Continuing on the JavaScript runtime theme, Forrest takes a thoughtful look at Bun, its promises, and potential. While it’s “still not quite ready for the workplace,” he concludes there are clearly good times ahead.

Forrest Allison

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Douglas Crockford: “The best thing we can do today to JavaScript is to retire it.” — Ouch! An interview with the author of JavaScript: The Good Parts and sort-of-inventor of JSON where he explains the benefits of code reading, why we need better languages, and how he won’t “write about JavaScript again.” What about TypeScript then? 😏

Evrone

15 Common Beginner JavaScript Mistakes — James puts out a lot of fantastic JavaScript videos on his YouTube channel, but I asked him to write an article instead because I knew more people would read it 😉 And he did!

James Quick

IN BRIEF:

Wikimedia wikis (including Wikipedia) now play their videos with Video.js – here’s the full story.

The TC39er podcast is back after a few months’ rest with ▶️ an interview with Luca Casonato of the Deno core team – they discuss Deno, TC39, and favorite language proposals.

⚛️ Max Rozen has collected together examples of larger production-grade open source React apps to dig into and learn from.

GitHub has rolled out more npm security enhancements with improvements to login and publishing, the ability to connect GitHub and Twitter accounts to npm, and a new npm audit signatures command for verifying package integrity.

🖼 A sneak peek at how Storybook 7.0 is going to look.

RELEASES:

Impress.js 2.0 – JS + CSS3 powered presentation framework.
Lerna 5.3 – Manage and publish multiple packages from a monorepo.
Ghost 5.5 – Node.js CMS / publishing platform.
Mongoose 6.5 – Node.js MongoDB object modeling.
NodeBB 2.3 – Node.js based forum software.
Jasmine 4.3 – Popular JS testing framework.
Node.js 18.7.0

📒 Articles & Tutorials

Everything You Need to Know About Import MapsImport maps provide a way to control the behavior of JavaScript imports so even something as simple as import moment from “moment” on a Web page could pull in the right code. They’re beginning to be used in more places despite a lack of official Firefox or Safari support yet (though polyfills are available).

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Misko Hevery on Why Qwik Will Improve JavaScript Frameworks — Angular’s original creator Misko Hevery says his new project answers a long-standing problem: Qwik is a JavaScript framework that promises ‘instant’ apps. I watched his introductory presentation the other day and it was convincing.

Starr Campbell (The New Stack)

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🪄  Extract Parameter Types from String Literal Types with TypeScript — If the things that TypeScript’s type system can do impress or confuse you, this well presented article will give you a turbocharged dose of either..!

Tan Li Hau

Deeper Testing of Bun’s Performance and Compatibility Against Node — We recently linked to David’s initial Node vs Bun comparison but had to issue a correction due to a flaw in the methodology. Luckily, David is now revisiting the idea with “some more carefully constructed performance tests”.

David Herron

Don’t Let Your Issue Tracker Be a Four-Letter Word. Use Shortcut

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Creating ESM-Based Shell Scripts for Unix and Windows with Node.js — Dr. Axel has figured out all the tricks involved and boiled it down into a tight post.

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer

Writing a Fuzzy Search Component with Preact and Fuse for Astro

Lloyd Atkinson

‘Notes From My Journey From Rust to… TypeScript??’ — It’s not all one way traffic.

Glauber Costa

🛠 Code & Tools

Blueboat: An All-in-One Serverless JavaScript Runtime — If you’ve used Cloudflare Workers, the idea will seem familiar. It ties together V8, process level snapshots and Rust to focus on running JavaScript in multi-tenant style safely and quickly.

Heyang Zhou

Skeleton: A Full Featured Svelte UI Component Library — Svelte + Tailwind makes a skeleton very happy. Lots of docs and demos here.

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Stream Is The #1 Chat API for Custom Messaging Apps — Stream’s Chat API & SDKs enable teams to add fully-featured in-app messaging in days – apply for your Maker Account, free for qualifying teams.

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simplex-noise.js 4.0: A Fast Simplex Noise Implementation — Small, self contained, and fast, and you can use it in cool demos like this or for applying convincing grain/noise to images or other data, say.

Jonas Wagner

AST Explorer: Analyze the Structure of Parsed JavaScript Online — A neat little Web-based tool to see how supplied JavaScript code gets parsed into a syntax tree.

Felix Kling

OTHER QUICK RELEASES:

Article Parser 7.0 – Extract article content from a given URL in Node.
React Simple Maps 3.0 – Beautiful SVG maps for React apps.
Emoji Mart 5.2 – Emoji picking component.
hls.js 1.2 – JS lib to play HTTP Live Streaming content.
MicroDiff 1.3 – Zero dependency object and array comparison library.
Temporal JavaScript SDK 1.0 – Durable code execution framework & platform.

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Did you know..

👴🏻 When JavaScript Weekly started in November 2010 – 600 issues ago now – Barack Obama was serving his first term, the iPad was less then a year old, and Express had just been released. I wonder what will be going on when issue 1000 arrives..

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