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Google and DeepMind have released their most powerful AI model yet: Gemini. Gemini’s release has implications for the future of AI at large as well as for more specific use cases pertinent to developers. Here’s what you should know:
Gemini is a step forward towards more versatile and intelligent AI systems that can handle a wider range of tasks and provide more comprehensive solutions
For developers, Gemini can be viewed as an advanced AI tool capable of multimodal understanding and complex reasoning
Gemini is proficient in processing different types of data (text, images, audio) and coding in various languages
Projects requiring integrated analysis of diverse data types could be great candidates for leveraging Gemini
The folks at Meta have introduced StyleX.js, a powerful new styling system for use with applications of all sizes. It's been in use ever since Facebook was updated to use React.
StyleX takes the developer experience of CSS in JS and marries it with the performance gains of static CSS
It uses atomic CSS to optimize the stylesheet
A crucial element of StyleX’s speed and performativity is a Babel plugin that finds and converts all classes to atomic CSS, minimizing runtime
StyleX also includes a small runtime library, an ESLint plugin, and a collection of framework and bundler integrations
When all styles are defined and used in the same file, its runtime cost is zero
As the project grew and developed, Facebook was able to diminish its lazy-loaded CSS from several megabytes down to several hundred kilobytes
Popular web framework Astro 4.0 has released its latest version, which promises an easy upgrade process with minimal changes to the API.
The first of two major highlights is the Astro Dev Toolbar, a new development tool that allows you to inspect your page while leveraging Astro’s islands architecture
You can isolate an island to view its props and even open the component directly in the code editor
The toolbar has a number of tools for auditing, allowing you to improve accessibility issues
There is potential for developing your own apps/tooling in the Astro toolbar, and plans for other third parties to have Astro toolbar plugins
The other major update allows developers to customize their i18n behavior with content fallbacks, prefixing, and aliasing as well
using enables the principle of “Resource Acquisition Is Initialization”, meaning that resources are better managed through proper garbage collection
Previously, one could use the finally keyword, but it came with limitations; finally requires mutable variable names, and a lot of boilerplate code
The same code is streamlined thanks to using
The Compression Streams API facilitates the compression and decompression of data streams through gzip or deflate formats
This API is now universally supported across all browsers
A recent case study shows how Trendyol was able to optimize their application to reduce input latency and improve performance:
The developers identified a prolonged main thread task caused by an Intersection Observer API callback in a React component
A solution was to use setTimeout to break up the long task into smaller ones, prioritizing higher-priority tasks
They then joined the scheduler.yield origin trial to further enhance script execution and improve INP
This resulted in a significant 50% reduction in INP and a 1% uplift in click-through rates from the listings page to the product detail page per user session, as confirmed by an A/B test
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