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React Server Components are coming soon to React
This isn’t a guide on how to use RSC, but rather an example of the process of “inventing” RSC
Anticipating the effects that a general release will have on React and the larger JS ecosystem, a thorough understanding of RSC will be crucial to making sure we stay up-to-date on React and able to offer the latest technologies to our clients
It should be noted that this implementation is not the most optimized, as its author prioritized conceptual clarity over efficiency
Google Ads recently experienced an outage which left advertisers unable to access the platform for nearly two hours
Users who tried to log in to manage their accounts encountered a 500 server status error, while the Google Ads status dashboard didn't show any issues during this period, leaving users without any estimated time for a fix
This incident underlines the importance of always having a backup plan for you or your client’s advertising strategy: it's essential to diversify across different advertising platforms to minimize the impact of unexpected outages on any single platform
If using Google Ads, monitor your accounts to ensure they are functioning as expected after the outage; check on any automated scripts or bidding strategies that might have been affected
Simply put, to deliver the best possible user experience, a developer wants to serve high-quality images in the least amount of time possible; the tradeoff is that higher-quality images take more time to load
To address this we can serve different image dimensions and qualities based on different viewport sizes
There are two ways to achieve this: the <picture /> tag or the <img /> tag
<picture /> uses any number of <source /> tags and one <img /> tag, allowing you to tell the browser exactly which image to load based on your specified conditions
The only downside to <picture /> is that it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to refactor existing code that previously used the <img /> tag; in those cases, it might be better to continue using the <img /> tag but with an added srcset attribute
The srcset attribute allows you to specify multiple image sources, but in this case the browser decides which is best to use, taking control out of the developer’s hands
New projects can definitely benefit from the more flexible <picture /> tag, but for existing projects, adding a srcset attribute to <img /> tags already makes a significant improvement to image rendering
The popular web framework Astro has a big release out now, which includes several major updates:
A new middleware API allows one to run code before or after a page is rendered and returned to the user; developers can use new hooks for authentication, redirects, header modification, and more
“Hybrid” server side rendering allows you to mix interactive API endpoints and pages into a site while also keeping the overall project static and pre-rendered by default
Custom client directives control how interactive UI components should load on your page, on a component-by-component basis
A new config option (inlineStylesheets: “auto”) allows you to automatically inline small snippets of CSS into your HTML
A new popover API is being introduced to web browsers in order to facilitate and streamline the use of popovers (think modals, menus, dialogs, etc.) in modern web applications.
This API aims to remove the burden of setting up popover behavior and allows developers to focus on specific component logic
Using the popover attribute on a given element will enable the following:
Be aware that this API isn’t fully stable on all browsers; make sure to check its compatibility before trying to implement it in your own projects
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