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Web Almanac 2022, Chrome 106, Astro 1.4.0, Electron 21, Gatsby 5 Alpha, and more | Front End News #077

NOTE: This is issue #077 of my newsletter, which went live on Monday, October 3rd. If you find this information useful and interesting and you want to receive future issues as they are published, ahead of everyone else, I invite you to join the subscriber list at

The 2022 edition of the Web Almanac is here. Chrome 106 rolled out to users everywhere. Astro 1.4.0, Electron 21, and Gatsby 5 Alpha are the highlights of the software updates. And the resources of the week are a handpicked set of utilities.

Web Almanac 2022

We're getting an early treat this year. The 2022 edition of the Web Almanac is already available. That's almost two months earlier than in previous years. We're still waiting for a handful of chapters (Structured Data, Performance, Privacy, and Jamstack).

Do you want the highlights first? [Stefan Judis made a great Twitter thread] as he explored the content. Definitely worth checking.

Browser news

We got another synopsis from Rachel Andrew on the updates to the web platform. We got Firefox 105, Chrome 106, Safari 16 (which includes support for container queries and subgrid), and more.


The changes in Chrome 106 happen mostly under the hood. They include new Intl APIs, the Pop-up API, the ic CSS length unit, and more.

Software updates and releases

Front End Resources

  • BrowserFrame - Wrap screenshots in browser frames
  • - an open source toolbox for colors
  • Huemint - AI color palette generator
  • TinyPNG - smart WebP, PNG and JPEG compression
  • Tweetlet - create beautiful images from your tweets, text, and any other images
  • UI Ball Loaders - Free loaders & spinners

There's more where that came from. Explore the rest of the Front End Resource collection.

Wrapping things up

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That's all I have for this issue. Have a great and productive week, keep yourselves safe, spend as much time as possible with your loved ones, and I will see you again next time!

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