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πŸ“¨ #122: Next.js 13, Turbopack, Remixing Shopify, React-Three-Fiber Journey, Gatsby Valhalla, Expo 47, Rive, Storybook, Asta...

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SΓ©bastien Lorber
Newsletter Editor - Docusaurus maintainer

Hi everyone!

What a great week full of twists and turns!

  • Next.js 13 gives us access to the latest React innovations
  • Turbopack could succeed Webpack
  • Shopify acquires Remix
  • Gatsby will release its v5 and make its data-layer agnostic
  • Expo's SDK 47 is really promising

Also, don't miss the big update to the Three.js Journey course with React-Three-Fiber modules. I got promo code "TWIR" for the launch. This will be the first course to be featured on a future "deals" page I'll create later.

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    βš›οΈ React​

    Next.js 13 keynote slide

    Next.js 13 - Dynamic Without Limits

    This new version of Next.js introduces the new routing system and nested layouts in beta. The migration is incremental and optional: you will have to move your Next.js pages to a new app/ folder. This enables the latest innovations, such as React Server Components and SSR streaming support on both Edge + Node.js runtimes.

    ⚑️ Other significant improvements:

    • Turbopack: a new Rust bundler in alpha (details below).
    • next/image: new lighter, flexible and faster image component, avoids shifting layouts
    • @next/font: self-host fonts efficiently and avoid layout shifts (see also Fontaine presented last week)

    πŸ’¬ Comments:

    • Dan Abramov is excited about this release which gives a concrete implementation to the target architecture React is aiming for
    • Andrew Clark explains his controversial "Next.js 13 is the real React 18 release" line
    • Matt Kane thinks that React is too tied to Next.js
    • Zach Leatherman mentions that Next.js 13's Hello World still sends way too much JavaScript

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    Turbopack keynote slide

    Introducing Turbopack: Rust-based successor to Webpack

    Vercel has hired Tobias Koppers (creator of Webpack), to work on Turbopack, a new very fast bundler in Rust. For now, the tool is in alpha, supports mainly Next.js, and its features are limited. Support for other frameworks (Svelte, Vue...) and features (Tailwind...) will be added later.

    Turbopack is optimized for the developer experience, and Vercel announces that the tool is 700x faster than Webpack, and 20x faster than Vite. It is based on Turbo, a Rust memoization framework that is able to cache the result of each function independently. Vercel has also published an article with more detailed benchmarks.

    πŸ’¬ Comments:

    • Jared Palmer explains how caching works and that Turborepo/Turbopack could merge.
    • Evan You question the benchmarks, and created a Is Turbopack really 10x Faster than Vite? page. Vite does not use SWC by default, and the published benchmarks rely on the use of Babel. Vite could replace esbuild/Rollup with Turbopack.
    • Sebastian McKenzie points out the relatively small performance gain on a cold start (x4), likely due to overhead in initializing the cache.
    • Devon Govett mentions that the architecture is similar to Parcel.
    • Amjad Masad mentions that the React-Native Metro bundler has been using a similar caching system for a very long time.

    Remixing Shopify

    Remix Joins Shopify to Push the Web Forward

    Remix has just joined Shopify, and will be used in their Hydrogen e-commerce meta-framework as well as other projects. Hydrogen 2.0 will replace the use of React Server Components with Remix APIs! They found the Remix model easier to understand and more powerful than Server Components.

    To me, this is a great acquisition. Shopify can focus on Hydrogen's value proposition rather than infrastructure concerns, and benefits from Remix's progressive enhancement, especially important for e-commerce. Not to mention that Remix is decoupled from React, and Shopify is working on a Hydrogen UI agnostic library: Shopify should be able to reach developers from various frameworks (Vue, Svelte...), without having to impose React, while relying on a shared infrastructure.

    πŸ’¬ Comments:

    • Josh Larson worked on Hydrogen v1, lists challenges encountered, and doesn't question the benefits of React Server Components which are better implemented in Next.js 13 than Hydrogen v1.
    • Ryan Florence mentions that Shopify is not against Server Components, and that they will probably be re-introduced in Remix later.
    • Ryan Florence explains how this acquisition will allow them to fully focus on Remix.
    • Guillermo Rauch says that a frontend should rather be decoupled from a headless backends. Anthony Frehner replies that Next.js support should be coming to Hydrogen UI.

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    Three.js Journey is going React

    Three.js Journey is going React

    Three.js Journey is the reference course to learn how to create 3D scenes on the web with Three.js. Bruno Simon has just released 24 hours of additional videos based on React-Three-Fiber which brings a declarative model to Three.js. 3D is coming to our applications: it's a good time to get into it if you want to know how to do something other than forms and business applications. I'm also doing this course and I don't regret it at all!

    Bruno is offering us a promo code "TWIR" of -30% (or $66) for the next 10 days. This is not sponsored: I find this course really cool, and the update makes it even more relevant for a React dev.

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      πŸ“± React-Native​

      Expo SDK 47 beta is now available

      Expo SDK 47 beta is now available

      The new Expo SDK is available in beta for one week. Some headlines:

      • Upgrades to React-Native 0.70.4 and React 18.1
      • Hermes available in Expo Go on iOS. Hermes will be the default JS engine from SDK 48.
      • Fabric support in many Expo modules
      • Expo Modules API 1.0 that makes it easy to create native Fabric modules in Swift/Kotlin
      • Filesystem routing for React-Navigation in beta. The last release v0.0.34 is compatible with SDK 47.

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