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Can Vercel Fix React?

Tracy Lee, Ben Lesh and Adam Rackis discuss the current state of React and its potential future.

React and Vercel: A Positive Change?

One of the key topics of conversation revolves around React and its relationship with Vercel. It's worth noting that high-profile React core team members have recently made the move to Vercel, which many see as a positive change. This move brings fresh perspectives and expertise to the project, potentially leading to exciting developments in the future.

However, the hosts also acknowledge the challenges of upgrading to React 18, as there are still many users on older versions. Upgrading can have a significant impact on tests and requires careful consideration. It's clear that React's evolution is an ongoing process, and the community plays a crucial role in shaping its future.

The Potential of Bun: A New Default Runtime for Node Development

Is there potential for the runtime called Bun to become the default for node development? Ben expresses skepticism about this possibility, highlighting the need for perfect execution and widespread community support. Switching to a new runtime involves extensive testing and potential risks, especially for critical financial services.

On the other hand, Adam presents a more optimistic view, emphasizing the advantages, such as its built-in TypeScript support and improved interop with node. He believes that as Bun continues to grow and improve, and could become a compelling option for new projects.

The Future of Front-End Development: Likability and AI

They also share their thoughts on the future of front-end development and various technologies. They highlight the importance of likability and the team behind a project, as these factors can greatly influence its success. Additionally, they discuss the potential impact of AI on framework development, raising interesting questions about the role of automation in shaping the future of web development.

While React is praised for its strengths, its perceived limitations compared to other frameworks are also mentioned. The advancements in state management in Angular are highlighted, showcasing the continuous evolution of front-end technologies and the need for developers to stay adaptable and open to new possibilities.

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