GitHub Actions Could Be So Much Better — GitHub Actions provides a fantastic and useful service, but the developer experience leaves a lot to be desired, particularly when debugging them. If you’ve been frustrated with figuring out Action and setting up your own workflows, you’ll find a lot to nod along to here.
It doesn’t officially ‘launch’ till tomorrow.. but a heads up to instant.dev which promises to be an interesting Postgres-focused Ruby on Rails-inspired ORM and migrations system for Node apps.
🛠 Code & Tools
Gitify: GitHub Notifications From Your Menu Bar — If you get too many GitHub notifications, this utility aims to ‘tame’ them by collecting together said notifications into a single app for macOS, Windows and Linux. Built using Node and React as an Electron app. Is it open source? Of course.
RDB: A Database Agnostic ORM for Node — Around for many years, RDB nonetheless sits amongst a wide range of options, but the homepage includes lots of examples of its API, so it’s easy to see if its particular flavor is to your taste. It supports both JS and TypeScript, ESM and CJS. GitHub repo.
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The Canary in the Gold Mine v9.0 — A core tool that lets you pull down any module of your choice and test it using a specific version of the Node runtime. It’s used by the Node.js Project itself to test releases and ‘controversial changes.’
On a related topic, I’m headed to the AI Engineer Summit in a couple of weeks to hopefully get a better feel for whether this is true and just how AI can help us progress as developers without unintended negative side effects. If you’re also going to be there, say hi!