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Phil Wolstenholme
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What I've been reading (week 42, 2022)

Here's four blog posts or other links that I liked this week…

Service Worker Side Rendering (SWSR) [with Astro]

Ignoring the bundle size issue (which makes this more of an experiment than anything production-ready) this is a super cool idea!

Component Party

A gallery of how to do the same sort of thing (set state, update state, loop over things, target a DOM node, manage forms etc) in different frontend frameworks/libraries, and a really nice example of the verbosity of some compared to others (naming no names…)

Why We're Breaking Up with CSS-in-JS

I never understood how runtime CSS-in-JS became a thing, and I'm grateful for never having to use it. This is a damning post from a contributor to Emotion (a React CSS-in-JS library) on how their team has given up on the idea and moved to (S)CSS modules and utility classes.

When life gives you lemons, write better error messages

A cool post on how Wix reviewed potentially 7,643 error messages to make sure they were specific and helpful enough for their users. A nice collaboration between writers, designers, and developers.

I also tweet these as I find them (@philw_) and post them on my personal site at

What were your favourites? Was there anything you found useful?

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An Animated Guide to Node.js Event Loop

Node.js doesn’t stop from running other operations because of Libuv, a C++ library responsible for the event loop and asynchronously handling tasks such as network requests, DNS resolution, file system operations, data encryption, etc.

What happens under the hood when Node.js works on tasks such as database queries? We will explore it by following this piece of code step by step.