There was a time where my main source of programming news was Hacker News. It took me maybe a few years to realize where the real news is. Twitter is where you get to hear first-hand about new projects, experiments and what's on the minds of key open source developers and technical writers.
Andrea Giammarchi — @WebReflection
uhtml-ssr, which I still hope to support in
ungap, a collection of very useful polyfills bridging the gap to modernization. One example is
structuredClone(), which landed in Node v17 and latest browsers, and already has a reliable polyfill available thanks to Andrea.
Matteo Collina — @matteocollina
Since I joined NearForm in late 2021, I've been extremely lucky to work directly with Matteo in the Architecture and Developer Relations team. But I've known him through his work for way longer than that.
Matteo is responsible for raising my confidence in Node.js as a serious option for performant backend development. As someone that came from a decade of Python, scaling Node.js applications quickly proved challenging. It was only after I started following him that I grew conscious the many things that can be done to ensure performance and reliability in Node.js applications, and how he applied all of it while building Fastify. Check out The Cost of Logging and Can we double HTTP client throughput? as examples of the problems he tries to address.
Ryan Carniato — @RyanCarniato
Ryan is the creator of the Solid framework, which has been gaining my attention more and more. He's also a member of Marko's core team. In his own words, he's a performance enthusiast and fine-grained reactivity super fan. I'm amazed at the quality and efficiency of Solid and have a long bet that it'll be one day as widely known as React. It's shaping up to be my favorite choice of framework for
fastify-vite, which will include support for it in its next major release.
Ryan is a prolific writer and creator, writing on Medium and Dev.to. A few of my favorite pieces he wrote are React Hooks: Has React Jumped the Shark? and The React Hooks Announcement In Retrospect: 2 Years Later. He's also a prolific YouTuber — just yesterday he released a new video covering the recent development in React Server Components.
Fred K. Schott — @fredkschott
Adam Argyle — @argyleink
He's a contributor to web.dev and built Open Props, an amazing resource of standards-compliant modern CSS utilities. He's an active OSS developer, having created incredibly useful packages like postcss-jit-props. Other than that, he helps bringing web standards forward as member of the CSS Working Group.
Evan You (Vue, Vite), Dan Abramov (React) and Rich Harris (Svelte) don't even need to be mentioned: you probably already follow them. I've watched them influence each other for a long time, and am witnessing Vue veer into the same kind of non-standard syntax as Svelte. That is why Ryan Carniato is mentioned first in this piece, over time I've become more interested in his vision.