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Syntax - Tasty Web Development Treats

Wes Bos & Scott Tolinski - Full Stack JavaScript Web Developers

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Full Stack Developers Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski dive deep into web development topics, explaining how they work and talking about their own experiences. They cover from JavaScript frameworks like React, to the latest advancements in CSS to simplifying web tooling.
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One Intentional Life

Josh Medeski (with John Cooper)

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Productivity is more than trying to get out of the office by 5 Friday afternoon, it’s about building a life you love and focusing on the work that matters to you. In our podcast, we are breaking down productivity by sharing personal, down to earth, stories and struggles combining meaningful and intentional action steps with practical tips and tricks. It’s our hope that this podcast will open your eyes to the “why” behind the productivity. Defining purpose to your life and building systems to ...
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Scott and Wes serve up the latest and most under-utilized browser APIs that are changing the game for web development. From the @starting-style CSS API to scroll-snap and popovers, they break down how these tools can elevate your projects with minimal effort. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! Install Nothing: App UIs With Native Browser APIs – Sc…
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Scott and Wes serve up an episode on reverse proxy servers. They discuss popular options like CF Tunnels, Caddy, Nginx, Apache, and more, explaining why you might need one for load balancing, SSL certificates, security, and managing multiple servers. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:30 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 02:25 What is reverse proxy?…
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Scott and Wes chat with Alex Blokh and Andrew Sherman, the co-founders of Drizzle ORM, about building a modern ORM from the ground up. They dive into the importance of type safety, creating filters with Drizzle, and the differences between Drizzle and other ORMs like Prisma. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! Syntax × Drizzle Swag. 01:15 What is D…
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Scott and Wes tackle a variety of audience questions, from the nuances of over-engineering to the energy consumption of AI LLMs. They also discuss the pros and cons of monorepos, frameworks, and the ever-important question: Do you really need to learn all the developer tooling? Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:41 Brought to you by Sentry.io. …
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Scott and Wes dish out the intricacies of hosting private fonts using Cloudflare Pages. They explore the challenges of font security, the benefits of a font server, and the nuances of caching and whitelisting to keep your fonts secure and efficient. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:53 Behind the Code: Brought to you by Sentry.io. 03:12 The pr…
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4.5 million households in the U.S. have solar panels on their homes. Most of those customers are happy with it - their electricity bills have just about disappeared, and it's great for the planet. But thousands and thousands of people are really disappointed with what they've been sold. Their panels are more expensive than they should be, and they …
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Scott and Wes sit down with Vjeux from Meta to dive deep into the origins and evolution of Prettier, the widely-used code formatter. They discuss the challenges faced, the decision-making process behind its features, and what the future holds for this indispensable tool in the developer’s toolkit. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:45 Brought t…
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Scott and Wes dive into the local first landscape, exploring the benefits and possibilities of local first apps. They highlight some of their favorite tools and discuss why local first is gaining traction among developers. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:27 Behind the Code: Brought to you by Sentry.io. 01:06 Catch up with Wes and Scott. 03:0…
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Scott and Wes break down the importance of sitemaps for SEO. They dive into the different file formats, essential fields, and common pitfalls to avoid when creating and submitting your sitemap to search engines. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! New Swag Coming Soon. Tolin.ski. 02:09 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 02:39 Sitemaps. 04:36 Why do you n…
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Scott and Wes chat with Richard Davison from AWS about LLRT, a new runtime tailored specifically for Lambda. They dive into the benefits of using LLRT, challenges with JavaScript in serverless, and why Rust was chosen for its development. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:07 Who is Richard Davison? 05:11 What is LLRT and what’s the motivation …
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Scott and Wes dive into the 2023 State of JavaScript survey, breaking down the latest trends and pain points in front-end frameworks, build tools, and JavaScript runtimes. Tune in for their hot takes and insights on what’s shaping the JavaScript landscape this year! Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! State of JS 2023. 03:04 Brought to you by Sentr…
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Join Scott and CJ as they dive into the fascinating world of AI, exploring topics from LLM token sizes and context windows to understanding input length. They discuss practical use cases and share insights on how web developers can leverage larger token counts to maximize the potential of AI and LLMs. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:31 Broug…
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Scott and CJ chat with Paul Copplestone, CEO and co-founder of Supabase, about the journey of building an open source alternative to Firebase. Learn about the tech stack, the story behind their excellent documentation, and how Supabase balances business goals with open-source values. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:30 Who is Paul Copplestone…
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Scott and CJ dive deep into the world of Vue.js, exploring what makes this frontend framework unique and why it stands out from React and Svelte. CJ gives a comprehensive tour, covering everything from getting started to advanced features like state management and Vue’s built-in styles. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:46 Brought to you by Se…
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Scott and CJ dive into the world of open source, breaking down its meaning, benefits, and the various types of licenses you’ll encounter. From permissive licenses like MIT and Apache 2.0 to copy-left licenses such as GNU GPLv3, they’ll help you choose and apply the right license for your project. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:54 Brought to…
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Scott and Wes dive into the world of Next.js with special guest Tim Neutkens from Vercel. They explore the latest updates, including the React Compiler and React Server Components, discussing their impact on developer workflows and the future of Next.js development. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:30 What does the React Compiler do? 05:04 Wi…
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In this Potluck episode, Scott and Wes tackle listener questions on modern blogging, website environmental impact, and using LangChain with LLMs. They also cover CSS hyphens, unit vs. integration testing, and balancing web development with new parenthood. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:13 How to submit a question for future episodes. Potluc…
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Scott and Wes dive into the world of browser caching for audio files, exploring the File System API and the Cache API. They discuss size restrictions across different browsers, how tools like Riverside.fm leverage IndexedDB, and walk through code examples for creating, retrieving, and managing cached audio data. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! …
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Scott and CJ are joined by Stephen Nixon of ArrowType to delve into the world of fonts and type for developers. They explore the intricacies of font creation, the utility of variable fonts, and offer tips for making visually appealing typography on the web. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:57 Who is Stephen Nixon? Process Type Foundry. Mark S…
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In this potluck episode of Syntax, Scott and CJ serve up a variety of community questions, from the nuances of beginner vs. advanced TypeScript to the pros and cons of SvelteKit. They also discuss falling out of love with React, shipping private packages via NPM, and the eternal struggle of always starting but never finishing projects. Show Notes 0…
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Today, Scott and Wes dive into cloud storage solutions—why you might need them, how they use them, and what you need to know about the big players, fees, and more. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:14 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 02:05 Why you might need a cloud storage provider. 03:07 How we use cloud storage. Dropshare. 08:16 Why you may nee…
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Scott and CJ dive into the world of SQLite Cloud with special guests Brian Holt and Marco Bambini. They explore why SQLite is gaining traction, its unique features, and the misconceptions surrounding its use—let’s get into it! Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:20 Who is Brian Holt? 02:26 Who is Marco Bambini? 05:12 Why are people starting to t…
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Today, Scott and Wes dive into the 11 habits of effective web developers, from understanding stakeholder goals to maintaining a work-life balance. We’ll explore the importance of continuous learning, having a problem-solver mentality, and being empathetic towards coworkers and users—let’s get into it! Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! Previous Ep…
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Today, Scott and Wes are diving into Pocketbase, a fantastic tool for web developers to quickly set up a CMS without breaking a sweat. We’ll cover everything from its Go-based architecture to its slick admin interface and how you can get started hosting it for free on Fly.io. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:34 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 02…
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Today we’re serving up an episode on 1Password with Senior Rust Developer Andrew Burkhart, delving into how 1Password works, tackling conflict resolution and security challenges, and exploring the benefits of using Rust. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax 00:57 Who is Andrew Burkhart? 01:36 How does 1Password work? 03:24 What’s the data flow on cre…
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In today’s episode, Scott and Wes dive into the essential components they need on every web project, discussing whether to build them from scratch or leverage existing libraries—everything from navigation bars and modals to toast messages and icons. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:48 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 02:53 Nav / Mobile Nav. 08:43…
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In today’s episode, Scott and Wes dive into the final part of our JavaScript Promises series, covering deferred promises, fetch, flow control, concurrency with libraries like p-map and p-limit, and integrating TypeScript. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:31 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 01:11 Deferred promises. Promise.withResolvers(). Wes’ Ti…
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Scott and Wes dish out a feast with Robin Heinze from Infinite Red, diving into the world of React Native. They discuss how React Native differs from other webview platforms, highlight popular apps built with it, and serve up essential tools and libraries to spice up every React Native project. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:13 Brought to y…
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In this Potluck episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes tackle community questions on handling overwork, teaching programming to family, and React’s Server Components. They also discuss quantifying accessibility improvements, choosing course platforms, and navigating professional growth in challenging workplaces. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! Thanks…
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We’re diving into part 2 of our 3-part series on Promises, focusing on error handling, aborts, and essential helper methods. We’ll explore how to manage errors effectively and improve performance with abort signals. Let’s get into it! Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:41 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 02:00 Cancelling promises. 05:16 Why would y…
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In this revisited supper club episode, Wes and Scott talk with Brad Frost about how to implement design systems in small and large scale projects, best practices around naming things, keeping everything in sync across different codebases, and how design systems help projects. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:49 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 01…
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Welcome to a special live edition of Syntax, recorded at React Miami! Join Scott and Wes as they dish out games galore, from Spot the Syntax Error to JS or NAYS, all while engaging with the audience in this lively session of coding camaraderie. Plus, who’s the better programmer? Stay tuned to find out! Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:54 Meet…
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Scott and Wes serve up all the deets on the latest React 19 update, exploring new features like actions, web components, use()API, and document metadata. Stay tuned as they discuss the ins and outs of upgrading to React 19 and what it means for your projects. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:30 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 02:03 What’s in the…
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In this episode, Scott and Wes dive into the world of local-first apps with Johannes Schickling, the mastermind behind Prisma. From databases, WASM for non-JS, to authentication challenges, they explore the ins and outs of crafting apps that prioritize local functionality. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:10 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 01:28…
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Scott and Wes are here to guide you through the world of React Server Components, shedding light on the intricacies of Form Actions and Server Actions. Get ready to level up your React skills as they discuss the ins and outs of these powerful features and share their expert advice on optimizing your applications. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax!…
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In this 3-course series, Scott and Wes serve up some JavaScript Promises treats. In part 1, they unravel the concept of promises and delve into common examples of their usage, from creating and waiting on promises, to database queries and user permissions. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:27 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 02:32 What is a promis…
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Join Scott and Wes as they delve into the fascinating realm of Biome.JS alongside Emanuele Stoppa, the mastermind behind it all. Why is it written in Rust? Why are other tools so slow? Could Biome be the ultimate successor to ESLint or Prettier? Grab a seat at the table and find out! Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:10 Brought to you by Sentr…
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Web scraping 101! Dive into the world of web scraping with Scott and Wes as they explore everything from tooling setup and navigating protected routes to effective data management. In this Tasty Treat episode, you’ll gain invaluable insights and techniques to scrape (almost) any website with ease. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 03:13 Brought t…
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Scott and Wes discuss the delicate balance of what’s acceptable to borrow or be inspired by in web development and what crosses into territory that’s off-limits. Tune in as they share personal experiences, discuss where to find ethical inspiration, and offer tips on how to effectively capture and utilize it. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:5…
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Scott and Wes dive into Cloudflare’s Analytics Engine and Workers with special guest Ben Vinegar, Syntax’s General Manager. Tune in as they explore Clickhouse, data tracking, infrastructure costs, and transitioning from software products to managing a podcast. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:17 Who is Ben Vinegar? Episode 434 with Ben. 02:21…
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Join Scott and Wes as they dish out the juiciest VSCode secrets for coding like a boss (or a Tolinski)! From speedy navigation to must-have extensions and the sickest themes, get ready to level up your coding game. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:47 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 01:44 A recording bug. 03:18 VSCode versions. 05:59 Tabs or no t…
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Scott and Wes serve up top tools and tricks for rapid idea execution, from JavaScript services like Valtown and Observable to database solutions including LowDB and Google Sheets integration. Get ready to streamline your development ideation process with these tasty insights! Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 02:16 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 03…
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Font Awesome is back with Web Awesome, an open source library of web components that will work with any framework because it’s based on standards. Today on Syntax we have Konnor Rogers and Cory LaViska here to talk all things Web Awesome. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:47 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 02:49 What is Shoelace? 07:21 What is Fo…
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Scott and Wes serve up answers to community questions, from navigating Light DOM vs. Shadow DOM to diving into tools for data extraction. Plus, they dish out insights on Gatsby in 2024, utilizing JavaScript ‘wheel events’, and explore the possibilities of hosting a website at home. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:51 Brought to you by Sentry.…
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Scott and Wes chomp through CSS Mixins and Functions, discussing the latest features making their way into CSS. From Tailwind-like classes to fluid typography, join us as we explore the possibilities and practical applications of these new tools. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:24 Brought to you by Sentry.io 03:00 CSS Is getting Functions an…
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We were wrong, Manifest V3 is a big deal. Scott and Wes sit down with Oliver Dunk from Google to dive into the intricate world of Chrome Extensions development. From dissecting Manifest V3 to exploring the evolving landscape of browser security and extension reviews, this conversation covers the present and future of browser customization. Show Not…
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Ready to level up your career in web development? Join Wes and Scott as they discuss techniques and best practices for advancing in the field. From mastering technical skills to navigating workplace dynamics, this episode offers actionable advice to help you thrive in your career. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:17 How can a front-end develo…
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Scott and Wes dive into the cache problem, tackling user-specific data and caching security. From marketing A/B testing to content negotiation, they explore various challenges and solutions, including different URL/query parameters, edge logic, and client-side caching. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 01:22 Syntax is on YouTube. 02:16 Let’s talk…
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Which framework is best? Join Scott and Wes as they chat with Corbin Crutchley, author of the “Framework Field Guide”, diving into the world of frameworks, metaframeworks, and tips to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in web development. Show Notes 00:00 Welcome to Syntax! 00:48 Who is Corbin Crutchley? 02:08 Brought to you by Sentry.io. 02:32 H…
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