#​562 — October 29, 2021

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Tabulator 5.0: An Interactive Table and Data Grid Library — Supports all major browsers and can be used with Angular, Vue, and React if you wish. 5.0 is a big release boasting a complete rebuild, restructuring and moving to ES modules – see the 5.0 release notes. A huge number of examples await too.

Oli Folkerd

Next.js 12 Released — The popular Node.js + React development framework takes a big step forward with improvements including beta support for middleware, native ES module support, a Rust-powered compiler for 5x faster builds, and much more.

The Vercel Team

Shortcut Is Project Management Without the Management — Whether you're a startup that iterates quickly by giving engineers a free pallet of Red Bull, or a large org that has strict ship dates to hit, Shortcut is the ideal solution for task management, bug tracking, iteration planning, and reporting.

Shortcut (formerly Clubhouse.io) sponsor

Why 'Outdated' jQuery Is Still The Dominant JavaScript Library — jQuery is one of the longest running and most influential JavaScript libraries on the web. How has it stood the test of time?

Richard MacManus

How ua-parser-js, An npm Package with 8M+ Weekly Downloads, Was CompromisedUAParser.js is a library for detecting browsers, JS engines, OS, and other things from user agents. The problem was quickly fixed, but the package was briefly infiltrated with malware. The maintainer and others shared more in this GitHub issue.

The Daily Swig



Yarn 3.1 – Alternative package manager.
Solid 1.2.0 – Reactive UI library.
MUI-Datatables 4.0 – Material UI-based data table for React.
ESLint 8.1.0 – JS code analyzer.
GoldenLayout 2.4.0 – Multi-window layout manager for webapps.
Meteor 2.5
Redux 4.1.2

💻 Jobs

JavaScript Developer at X-Team (Remote) — Join the most energizing community for developers and work on long-term projects for Riot Games, FOX, Sony, Coinbase, and more.

Backend Engineer (Remote, EU Timezones) — We’ve built a product thousands of people love (See Trustpilot if you don’t believe us). We need your help with Node & TypeScript.

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📖 Tutorials, Opinions & Stories

Adobe Photoshop's Journey to the Web — We’ve had pretty good graphics editors in the browser before, but bringing the pieces together to have an editor worthy of the Photoshop name is a feat. WebAssembly played a huge role, but so did many other Web technologies, and they collectively open up new opportunities for us all – not just Adobe.

Thomas Nattestad and Nabeel Al-Shamma

▶  How to Do TypeScript Without TypeScript — Static types confer numerous benefits when developing, but is it necessary to use TypeScript fully in order to get many of the benefits? Simone investigates the pros and cons and shows off an alternative approach.

Simone Sanfratello

Develop a Faster Way to Work. Build Internal Tools, Remarkably Fast — Custom dashboards, admin panels, CRUD apps—build any internal tool faster in Retool. Get started for free today.

Retool sponsor

On Building an Effective Image Component for Next.js — The story of an out-of-the-box solution to optimize images for Next.js. It optimizes loading, compression & responsiveness. Now with AVIF support in Next.js 12.

Sohoni, Erickson, Castle

What Every JavaScript Developer Should Know About Unicode — It’s not new, but has been doing the rounds on social again and is packed with useful knowledge about how strings are represented, why Unicode exists, what code units are, and then how JavaScript tackles it all.

Dmitri Pavlutin

In-Page Filtered Search with Vanilla JavaScript — I tend to jump to Cmd+F for my in-page searching needs, but if you want to offer something a little more elegant and custom, this sort of approach can help.

Hilman Ramadhan

Reflection at Reflect: The Reflect and Proxy APIs — Reflect is a tool for working with regression tests, and it uses JavaScript’s own Reflect and Proxy objects to gain access to the info it needs from code.


Build a Mobile-Responsive Telehealth Pager App Using Stream’s Chat API

Stream sponsor

Trie in JavaScript: The Data Structure Behind 'Autocomplete'
Anish Kumar

Sparse vs Dense Arrays in JavaScript
Dmitri Pavlutin

How to Generate Beautiful PDFs with React and Puppeteer
Clément Marcilhacy

🛠 Code & Tools

Cytoscape.js: A Graph Theory/Network Library for Visualization and Analysis — Handy if you need to model and/or visualize relational data, like biological data or social networks. There are so many demos to enjoy here. GitHub repo.

Max Franz

PDFKit: A PDF Generation Library for Node and Browser — There’s an interesting live demo that runs right in the browser. GitHub repo.

Devon Govett

Breakpoints and console.log Is the Past, Time Travel Is the Future — 15x faster JavaScript debugging than with breakpoints and console.log.

Wallaby.js sponsor

Blobity: Level Up Your Cursor Game — This script and API lets you do all sorts of creative things with the user’s cursor, which the page itself demonstrates. Note that it’s free for open-source projects only.

Georgy Marchuk

Vizzu: A Library for Animated Data Visualizations and Data Stories — Vizzu is a little different to most data visualization libraries in the sense that animating the visualizations and transforming between different visualization types is the key focus.


Fragstore: A Tiny (~800 Byte) and Simple Library to Manage React State
Aral Roca Gomez

🏆 Golden Oldie of the Week

Whenever someone mentions this on Twitter, it still gets lots of likes and rewteets so there's clearly plenty of people who either haven't seen it or want to remember it exists 😂 It might be useful when you're feeling a bit short of disk space..

npkill: Easily Remove Old or 'Heavy' node_modules Folders — List any node_modules directories in your system, as well as the space they take up. You can then select which ones you want to erase to free up space. GitHub repo.

Nya García and Juan Torres