The new way

There is a new(-ish) approach to developing interactive web applications, that are not single page applications.

The main idea is that HTML is rendered on the server and sent to the browser, either by a HTTP response or web socket. The client has a little bit of JavaScript that handles those responses and updates the current pages' HTML.

Here's the frameworks I've seen so far:

  • Hotwired - Made by the Rails team, but usable outside of Rails.
  • HTMX - Often used with Go, but usable with others.
  • LiveView - for Phoenix.
  • LiveWire - for Laravel.

I believe these will become the new standard for building web interfaces. And I'm looking forward to much less JavaScript based UIs.

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