(Original published September 30, 2021. Updated May 7, 2022) Introduction Most of my Rescript series so far has been about combining Rescript with React using create-react-app. Now that I understand Rescript better, I’m not so sure create-react-app is a good fit for it. Mostly because it’s slow. Rescript compiles JSX natively, so we shouldn’t need slow and hard-to-configure webpack. Most of create-react-app is about hiding the configuration of webpack from the end-user.

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Introduction This is the second in a series of articles exploring the Gleam programming language. The first article explored some of the most basic features of Gleam; just enough to say hello. Hello is basically the first thing we learn in any language (whether human or programming). This article explores looping in Gleam. More specifically, it explores the fact that Gleam doesn’t have any looping constructs. That’s right: none.

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Introduction Gleam is a newish programming language that I recently stumbled upon. It is so little-known that there aren’t really any tutorials available on it (even on the official documentation), so I decided to write my own. Gleam transpiles to Javascript and Erlang. I’ll be focusing my attention on the Erlang side of things, as it is more mature. And to be honest, I don’t feel any reason to replace Rescript, my go-to transpires-to-Javascript language.

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Introduction I was basically flat with an illness (yes, that one) on my back for two weeks in March. I could do little more than read articles on my tablet, and for reasons I cannot explain, I began chainsmoking the documentation for as many little-known languages as I could find. I honestly don’t know why. In the fog of illness, it just seemled a fun thing to do. I’m weird.

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Introduction I’ve been writing plenty about Rescript this year, although I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus to focus on developing a couple (Rescript) open source libraries. I wanted to get back into blogging to answer one of the most confusing questions in the Rescript community: What is ReasonML and how does it relate to Rescript? However, it has grown into something quite a bit bigger. Instead, we’ll be talking about the relationships between a collection of several interrelated languages, and I’ll give my opinion on which you should use.

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As hinted in some of my recent articles on Rescript, I’ve been working on bindings to the wonderful Dexie interface to IndexedDB. It’s finally ready to announce to the world (in a fairly beta format)! rescript-dexie depends on a recent version of Rescript and the rescript-promise library. It’s still fairly beta and I haven’t covered all the features Dexie packs in yet, but the basics are working well. It feels intuitive and gives the right mix of sound type safety and easy call sites.

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Introduction (Note: There is a more recent version of this article) Most of my Rescript series so far has been about combining Rescript with React using create-react-app. Now that I understand Rescript better, I’m not so sure create-react-app is a good fit for it. Mostly because it’s slow. Rescript compiles JSX natively, so we shouldn’t need slow and hard-to-configure webpack. Most of create-react-app is about hiding the configuration of webpack from the end-user.

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Dusty Phillips

Canadian author and software developer.

Author and software developer

New Brunswick, Canada