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Turbopack benchmark numbers questioned by Vite creator, Evan You

In the most recent release of Next.js, an alpha of a rust-based build tool was made available in alpha as a preview. This tool, Turbopack, is written by a team that includes the Webpack founder, Tobias Koppers who recently joined Vercel. Turbopack build performance claims During a presentation by Turbopack engineer Maia Teegarden benchmarks were displayed comparing the performance in various build frameworks for hot module reloading (HMR), the process of hot-patching a running React application after saving changes to…

Next.js 13 is released with a new powerful build system and layout engine

Next.js 13 is now available – big changes and a new build system Yesterday Vercel announced Next.js, the latest version of their server-powered React platform. Vercel has been innovating in the JavaScript application server space since their inception in 2013. We had a talk on Next.js in 2017 at Philly ETE from the founder, Guillermo Rauch, where you can see him laying out the concepts and his vision for where the platform was going at the time, specifically the concept…

Limiting Cross-stack References in CDK

Several years ago I wrote CloudFormation Tips and Tricks, in which I gave the advice to “use outputs lavishly, exports sparingly.” The reason is that when you export a value from one stack and import it into another you bind those stacks tightly together, and can’t change that exported value. For example, you might create one stack with an ECS task definition, and then in a second stack create a Lambda and an EventBridge rule that triggers it when the…

One Chariot Consultant’s View: a 20th Anniversary Look Back in Technology

This month marks our 20th anniversary, and we’re celebrating by looking back on how we started Chariot, how we’ve grown and what we’ll do in the future. I’ve been with the company for 15 of those 20 years. Our founder, Mike Rappaport, recently posted a great history of the company that covers our overall philosophy, so I’ll avoid repeating any of that content. In this article, I’m going to focus on how software engineering at Chariot has changed over the…

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