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Discussion of the Week - v4

In this weekly roundup, we highlight what we believe to be the most thoughtful, helpful, and/or interesting discussion over the past week! Though we are strong believers in healthy and respectful debate, we typically try to choose discussions that are positive in nature and avoid those that are overly contentious.

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The Discussion of the Week badge. It includes a roll of thread inside a speech bubble. The thread is a reference to comment threads.

Now that y'all understand the flow, let's go! πŸƒπŸ’¨

The Discussion of the Week

This one goes to Sadeedpv (@sadeedpv) for initiating "Thoughts on Bun so far?":

The Bun hype train is chugging along... πŸš‚ But is the hype warranted? Sadeedpv's short'n'sweet discussion poses some solid open-ended questions and puts the focus on the comments. Folks have been chiming in, outlining their concerns and expressing a healthy amount of skepticism, while also still showing some cautious optimism.

Props to @alaindet who shared a good point about competing standards, along with an entertaining xkcd comic that succinctly pokes fun at the proliferation of standards:

The incompatibility with the Node ecosystem means it's just another "Competing Standard" (as in this the xkcd comic I'd rather wait for Node.js to evolve or use Go instead.

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The thread with @joelbonetr, @lionelrowe, and @cmgustin was also quite productive and enlightening. Notably, Joel pointed to a recent post by @thejaredwilcurt titled "Bun hype. How we learned nothing from Yarn" as a resource that might be of interest to folks who are looking into Bun.

I'm skeptical for now.

It's OK to toy around using a side project that you know it'll be thrown in the bin after a week or two.

Working on corporate, high-budget projects it doesn't seem like an option to evaluate, at least not yet.

  • Level of Support: not full.
  • Design decisions: some of them questionable to say the least.
  • Level of maturity: non-existent ATM.

On the other hand, synthetic benchmarks need to be picked with a grain -or a full truck- of salt.
It's possible that in real use cases bun performs worse than Node depending on the scenario and I won't be surprised by that.

It may help on changing the roadmap for Node, whether this is good or bad it's a different topic of discussion.

If any readers here have thoughts to share, don't hesitate to hop into the comments of the post and let us know what's on your mind!

What are your picks?

The DEV Community is particularly special because of the kind, thoughtful, helpful, and entertaining discussions happening between community members. As such, we want to encourage folks to participate in discussions and reward those who are initiating or taking part in conversations across the community. After all, a community is made possible by the people interacting inside it.

There are loads of great discussions floating about in this community. This is just the one we chose to highlight. πŸ™‚

I urge you all to share your favorite discussion of the past week below in the comments. And if you're up for it, give the author an @mention β€” it'll probably make 'em feel good. πŸ’š

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