Say hello to Tom Zellman (@tzellman). Tom is CTO of the startup Digital Roots and runs his local Ember meetup in Ann Arbor, MI. Our survey team at 201 Created is happy to have him kick things off for 2017!

We are back at it again this year, asking...

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Today marks the release of Ember.js 2.10, a stable release of Ember that includes a major redesign of Ember’s rendering engine. We call the new rendering engine “Glimmer 2”, as it began by building on the Glimmer 1 engine that shipped in Ember 1.13. The community is really excited about this release. For those who haven’t been keeping track of the play-by-play in Ember-land, here is a list of five things you should know about the change.

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At EmberConf this year I was privileged to be in front of a few hundred web developers to talk about interoperable components (video of the talk here). My curiosity about how to best write a UI component usable across many environments started nearly 18 months ago. At that time HTMLBars, a refactor of Ember’s template system to be more HTML-aware, was just landing in applications. We were considering what invoking a W3C Custom Element might look like in Ember, and trying to reason about how information could be passed in and out.

W3C Web Components have been described several times as a “loose collection of specifications”. The best practices for authoring standards-based web components, or for writing a framework that can consume them, are emergent at best. The draft specifications tread lightly on the ground of what should be idiomatic.

Despite the vagueness of the standards-guided process (which is less far along and less stable than many presume), there are three guiding patterns you can follow to write an interoperable component usable across a variety of settings.

Let’s take a look.

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Last year before EmberConf, we at 201 Created ran the first Ember Community Survey. Over 900 participants answered roughly 35 questions about themselves, their Ember applications, and their businesses. You can find the 2015 results on our webpage.

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Be the Bark

I was in Toronto last week for the excellent Toronto Ember.js Meetup, hosted and organized by @ghedamat. Toronto’s Ember community is second to none, and it was a real pleasure to be back in town! The full slides are here on SlideShare, but this post is a summary of the most important parts.

For my talk I shared a few recent thoughts about open source communities, how they are influenced by the businesses that adopt their software, and how Ember’s priorities can be thought about in 2016. A lot of this talk was inspired by and referenced Larry Wall’s essay Diligence, Patience, and Humility.

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