Drew Powers on How Pika's Making the Web Faster

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Drew Powers, one of two full-time engineers working at Pika, joins Sam to talk about Pika's mission to make the web faster. Drew talks about how Pika is focused on building tools that meet developers where they're at, his work on Snowpack, and the company's vision for Pika CDN.

Topics include:

  • 0:00 – What do you do at Pika?

  • 4:54 – What is Pika's mission and where is it coming from?

  • 10:45 – What does speed mean from Pika's perspective?

  • 13:50 – What are some ideas for Pika's sustainability model?

  • 17:20 – What's going on in Snowpack?

  • 21:43 – What does it look like to use or migrate to Snowpack today?

  • 24:50 – How does Snowpack actually work?

  • 36:44 – How do you deal with dependencies that can't be deduplicated?

  • 48:14 – Snowpack's React App template

  • 49:49 – Can you migrate off of Snowpack if you need to fall back to something like Webpack?

  • 53:09 – How do ES modules affect dependency resolution?

  • 1:05:50 – What's in your roadmap?


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