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Fredrik’s front-end quick read #9

The formation of Bytecode Alliance has been announced, The result of the Front-end tooling survey 2019, a business case for dropping IE11, SMS Receiver API and wix/vscode-glean — an extension providing refactoring tools for your React codebase.

Announcing the Bytecode Alliance

The Bytecode Alliance is a new industry partnership (originally between Mozilla, Fastly, Intel, and Red Hat) designed to forge WebAssembly’s ‘outside-the-browser’ future. If you’re not yet in sync with why WebAssembly outside the browser makes sense, this announcement should give you a good idea.

The Front-End Tooling Survey 2019 — Results

Over 3,000 developers took part in Ashley’s survey this year. Here’s the compiled results, offering an insight into the current usage trends and knowledge levels across front-end tools.

A Business Case for Dropping Internet Explorer

Still supporting IE11? Ollie Williams puts forward how the distance between it and every other major browser is an increasingly gaping chasm, and that dropping support for it may now be a financially prudent decision.

Verify phone numbers on the web with the SMS Receiver API

The most common One Time Password (OTP) method today is via SMS. With the new SMS Receiver API, available in Chrome as Origin trial, brings this verification method to the web. Native apps had the feature of verifying an account via SMS and automatically retrieving the code from the SMS in your app already, and the goal is to make that feature available in the web, too. Note that SMS still is not a very secure method and can be intercepted by a third-party.


Extract JSX into new components, convert functions to components (or, yes, stateful components to functional ones!), and more.

Thank you for reading and happy coding! ❤️

/Fredrik Ward, Senior front-end developer @ Bouvet and co-creator of Sketch2React

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