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Things I Learned About: January 2024 Edition

Posted on:January 29, 2024 at 10:18 PM


Zed 💕

If you hadn’t heard of it before, Zed is a new-ish code editor created by the ones who brought us Atom - a wonderful editor in its own right for the time - and Tree-sitter, a parser generator that has arguably been extremely important in the code editor space to aid in its understanding of source code (highlighting and the like). I’m using it right now!

I’ll not be able to espouse the true delights of Zed beyond the cliffnotes version:

I don’t know if it will become my every day driver, but it excited me that there might be a new completely open source competitor that can unseat VS Code. Learn more about Zed here and the Zed codebase here on GH.

shadcn/ui ‼

Gamepad API ⁉ ❓

ActivityPub 🤔

Cloudflare layoff TikTok 💢

So I usually don’t follow things like this, but the TikTok of the woman recording her own layoff masquerading as a layoff made its way to me via a HN comment. Disgusting.

My main takeaway here is that whoever was responsible for the planning and execution of the Cloudflare layoffs absolutely blew it. If they’re trying to fire her for a lack of performance, there should be some documentation to support it. They had nothing and came off as completely unprepared.

I get it. An RIF is probably horrible for all parties (if you have any soul at all), but the whole thing felt disingenuous and shameful. And then the CEO gave a limp response that reminds me how out of touch C-levels can be. They keep claiming it’s a firing, but it feels like just trying to get out of paying severance during a wave of layoffs.

I don’t know. It’s a visceral reaction from someone who was laid off in 2023 so shrug