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Coding News Summary #1— NPM 5, Updates to React, Kotlin on Android, and more
Here are the most important things happening in the coding world this month:
Node 8 is out and it comes with NPM 5 which claims significant improvement on performance. NPM 5 is packed with new features and fixes. Most notable features are offline mode,
--save by default, and a new lockfile that gets automatically created.
Google has announced that Kotlin, the modern programming language developed by JetBrains that runs on the JVM, will now receive first-class support in Android Studio 3. This is a huge win for the Android community and will play a significant role in the future of Android development. Kotlin aims to have a more friendly syntax for developers in order to improve productivity and readability. Likewise, the language includes null safety, functional programming support, and imposes no runtime overhead.
The React team has released version 15.5 which is the last major release before the highly anticipated version 16. In favor of a smaller codebase, the React team has moved
createClass to separate packages. In addition, they've included a codemod to assist with the migration to the new patterns. The React team is also discontinuing support for React Addons, and the React Test Utils are moving from React to React DOM.
React 16 is the most highly anticipated release in a long time. As of late-May, the server-side rendering tests are passing which puts the release date in sight. The reason for the excitement over 16 is that it includes Fiber which is a reimplementation of the core algorithm for React. The headline feature of this improvement is incremental rendering which will chunk rendering process. Luckily the API will not change, so all React users can benefit from the update without needing code changes.
You can now check the trends on Stack Overflow with their new Trends tool. The tool can be used to see the rise and fall of languages and frameworks. For example, Python seems to be getting a lot of attention lately while PHP is experiencing a decline. React, Angular, and Vue are all doing very well while other frameworks appear to be in the later stage of their life cycles.
That’s all we have for you this month. Until next time!