The Ember Times - Issue No. 202

– By Jared Galanis, Chris Ng

👋 Emberistas! 🐹 Ember 4.5 Released 🚀, RFC: Evolving Ember's Major Version Process 🌲, RFC: Standardize npm yarn use ✨, RFC: public types for Owner, Transition, RouteInfo in FCP ⌛️, Ember Addon Roundup 🌐, Whiskey Web and Whatnot Episode with Dan Gebhardt 🔊, Modern CSS in an embroider enabled app 📖, Ember Chessboard Videos 📼

Ember 4.5 Released 🚀

Ember 4.5 was recently released and it included a few new features for Ember.js around using plain functions as helpers and a new renderSettled test helper. Ember CLI also introduced a few deprecations and various bug fixes.

Head on over to the release post to get more details.

RFC: Evolving Ember's Major Version Process 🌲

Chris Krycho (@chriskrycho) published an RFC on Evolving Ember’s Major Version Process. The RFC proposes to put major versions on a predictable 60-week cadence, similar to the 6-week minor release cadence.

The RFC argues that while Ember mentions that it aims to "make major releases as rare as possible” since it forces development teams to spend time researching the changes and modifying their codebase before they can upgrade, it actually makes upgrades more painful rather than less painful. For Ember users, while the major releases may be more rare, they actually become harder over time and for Ember maintainers the planning and coordination required for a major release happens on an ad hoc basis with no ability to plan for it in advance.

Chris presents an alternate way to use SemVer by clarifying how we use major releases and editions, namely: never couple the addition of new features to breaking changes, Ember major versions should only remove deprecated features, and Ember's big releases are labeled as "Editions” and lands as a minor release and are therefore always backwards compatible.

Read more about the RFC and add your comments on GitHub!

RFC: Standardize npm yarn use ✨

Mehul Chaudhari (@MehulKChaudhari) and Dhanush Kumar (@dhanush027) have co-authored a 😎 new RFC that focuses on standardizing the use of yarn and npm scripts in the Ember experience rather than using Ember-specific commands. This could better align Ember with norms in the larger JavaScript community.

If you're interested in this subject please head over to the RFC, give it a read, and participate by commenting!

RFC: public types for Owner, Transition, RouteInfo in FCP ⌛️

The RFC for introducing public types for Owner, Transition, RouteInfo is now in its final comment period so if you're interested in participating in that discussion hurry over to the RFC and leave a comment!

Ember Addon Roundup 🌐

We’ve had several addons across the Ember ecosystem release updates recently, here’s what you may have missed:

Whiskey Web and Whatnot Episode with Dan Gebhardt 🔊

There's another new episode of Whiskey Web and Whatnot that you might want to check out and it features Ember core team alumni Dan Gebhardt (@dgeb)! 🔥

Robert Wagner (@rwwagner90) and Chuck Carpenter (@chuckcarpenter) of Ship Shape chat with Dan about syncing data sources and handling spotty network connections, how Orbit.js helps to address these issues, and more!

Listen to the episode today.

Modern CSS in an embroider enabled app 📖

Liam Potter (@evoactivity) wrote a nice article about how to best use modern approaches to handling CSS in an embroider-enabled Ember app! 🙌

The article covers setting up PostCSS and Tailwind configs, using Webpack, and more! Go check out the article today!

Ember Chessboard Videos 📼

Ilya Radchenko (@knownasilya) released a couple of ✨ awesome new videos ✨ that run through building an Ember.js chessboard.js app using an exciting new (alpha) scaffolding library called Engage that's authored by Chris Thoburn (@runspired)!

Head on over to YouTube and check out part 1 and part 2!

👏 Contributors' corner

This week we'd like to thank Julia Donaldson (@donaldsonjulia), Chris Thoburn (@runspired), Giles Thompson (@gilest), Jen Weber (@jenweber), Peter Wagenet (@wagenet), Kelly Selden (@kellyselden), @NullVoxPopuli, Anne-Greeth Schot-van Herwijnen (@MinThaMie), Bryan Mishkin (@bmish), Robert Wagner (@rwwagner90), Chris Manson (@mansona), Jared Galanis (@jaredgalanis), Dhanush Kumar (@dhanush027), Chris Ng (@chrisrng), Cory Dransfeldt (@cdransf), maxwondercorn (@maxwondercorn), and @patricklx for their contributions to Ember and related repositories! 💖

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That's another wrap! ✨

Be kind,

Jared Galanis, Chris Ng, the crowd and the Learning Team