State of Developer Ecosystem in 2020 and Native CSS Masonry Explained | Front End News #006

State of Developer Ecosystem in 2020 and Native CSS Masonry Explained

— Front End News #006 | 9 noiembrie 2020 —

Hello and welcome back!

The last week was under the sign of the US elections and the entire tech world seems to have stopped to see what will happen and ponder on the upcoming changes. We're also approaching the end of the year, a time when the industry does retrospective studies. Like the 2020 State of Developer Ecosystem report from Jet Brains, our main headline today.

Jet Brains' 2020 State of Developer Ecosystem

Jet Brains is one of the big names in the software development market and they've got a finger in about every pie in the industry. I am using one of their products - PhpStorm - for my daily job.

They've been paying a lot of attention to their userbase. This is the fourth year they've compiled a report regarding the state of the developer ecosystem. Their info comes from nearly 20.000 developers and the raw data is even available for public download.

Here are some key items from this report, with a focus on web development:

Of course, there's a lot more than that in the full report, which you can find using the link below. Enjoy reading!

Native CSS Masonry Layout In CSS Grid

I talked about the upcoming specs for the native CSS masonry layout in the previous issue of the newsletter. However, specs can be dry and hard to understand for many developers. That's why I'm glad to present to you Rachel Andrew's introduction to this new feature, which was published in Smashing Magazine.

The best part about this is that the examples can already be tested using Firefox Nightly. It used to take years for specs to be implemented. What a great time to be a CSS developer.

Browser news

It's been quiet on the browser front as well. The only notable thing this week is a notification from Brave.


November marks one year since the launch of Brave 1.0 in 2019. In celebration, the team behind the Brave browser released an announcement, covering some of the most important milestones achieved over the last 12 months.

The most important achievements are the 20 million monthly active users and 7 million daily active users. The full release is available on the Brave website, via the link below.

Software updates and Releases

Wrapping things up

That's it for this week. Have a great and productive week, keep yourselves safe and I will see you next time!

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