What I love about Typescript is:
- the no-nonsense setup:
npm i --save-dev typescript touch script.ts npx tsc script.ts
- I’m not annoyed over any particular syntax of the language.
- that it’s actively maintained, and the community is growing and full of tools.
Typescript is probably the single piece of software that has made me write better code over the last few years. I need less automatic tests, less or no linting. It has opened a new world (of types) to me, and has made me never wanting to go back.
There are a lot of built-in things, and the ecosystem is spreading. Typescript is a first class citizen. Testing, formatting, and linting are included. Web APIs are available on the server.
Deno fixes so many things in Node which I’d either get annoyed with or work around.
curl command just works. There are wrappers and replacements which are “simpler” and more intuitive. But this is one of these cases where I think it’s good to learn the low level tools, since
curl is available on a lot of machines.
I for one appreciate elegant CLI tools which doesn’t make me figure out their fantasy world of options and arguments. But
curl is such a fundamental way to interact with remote data (I use it for HTTP 100% of the cases).
Lume is a static site generator (using Deno and Typescript). I recently moved to it from Eleventy, and before that from Jekyll -> Wintersmith -> Metalsmith. Lume is the first one which is close to 100% intuitive, and the first one that I’m not annoyed over when using. I’ve read some of the Lume source code, and it’s lovely: succinct and readable.
Lume does what it does, and does it really well.
Numi is a calculator app, like Soulver, which I use a couple of times per day. I’ve bound it to be visible when I press
cmd+shift+x for quick calculations. I use it for everything from credit card bills to protein intake calculations. It’s declarative in the sense that it “does what I think it does”. If I type
5% of 100g it’ll output
5 g. It has nice documentation.
Numi doesn’t just to maths: it can deal with unit, timezone, and currency conversions too, and many other things.
This tech isn’t novel, but Numi pulls it off in a minimal packaging, and I love it.
I honestly don’t understand why people are using the regular Twitter.com or Twitter clients for iOS/Android. People complain daily about “The Algorithm”, non-chronological timelines, ads, etc. etc. Just start using a 3rd party client already!
I’ve used a ton of clients since I joined Twitter. Many of them are now dead because of Twitter’s big purge (they killed a lot of API functionality and tweaked some legal agreement I think). But Tweetbot is still standing, and are actively pushing new features. I’m a happy subscriber.
The team has always produced super slick designs, and their work is still cool in a world which doesn’t really do skeumorphism any longer.
Tweetbot for Mac and iOS have all the features I need. It makes intelligent use of gestures on respective platform, and I can customise things. No ads. No weird sorting or algorithm. It’s literally how Twitter used to be.