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Wasp Beta December 2022

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Matija Sosic

Wasp Update Dec 22

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Hey Wasp tribe ๐Ÿ ,

Happy New Year! I know you're probably already sick of hearing it, but hopefully we're the last ones to congratulate you ๐Ÿ”ซ ๐Ÿ‘ˆ (that's pistol fingers emoji in case you were wondering).

Pistol fingers
This is how I imagine myself telling the joke above.

Now that the Beta Launch craze is over (thanks for your support, it was amazing - we saw more devs hacking with Wasp than ever!), we're back to our usual programming. Let's dive in and see what's new and what's in the plans for this year:

๐ŸŽฎ ๐Ÿ We hosted our first hackathon - it was a blast! ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽ‰โ€‹

Tweet about Wasp

We launched our first Wasp hackathon ever on the last day of Beta Launch (thus we named it Betathon) and got some really cool submissions! Winners received hosting credits kindly offered by our partners at Railway and a special 1st place award was a wasp-themed mechanical keyboard (we're still assembling it but we'll post photos on our twitter :))!

โ€œThis was the best app dev experience I ever had! โ€ฆWalking through the docs, I immediately figured out how to use Wasp and was able to make a prototype in a couple of days.โ€ - Chris

To check out the winning projects and see where devs found Wasp most helpful, take a look here: Wasp Betathon review post

๐Ÿ”‘ New auth method - GitHub! ๐Ÿ™โ€‹

Next to username/password and Google, Wasp now also supports GitHub as an authentication method!

Support for GitHub auth in Wasp

Putting the code above in your main.wasp file and specifying your GitHub env variables is all you need to do! Wasp will provide you with a full-stack GitHub authentication along with UI helpers (GitHub sign-up button) you can immediately use in your React component.

For more details, check the docs here.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Let's discuss - on GitHub Discussions!โ€‹

Wasp is now on GitHub Discussions

So far we've been capturing your feedback across GitHub issues and Wasp Discord server, but with the current volume it has become a bit unwieldy and hard to keep track of.

That's why we introduced Wasp GitHub Discussions! It's a relatively new service by GitHub that allows distinguishing between specific, well-defined issues (bug reports, TODOs, ...) and discussion items (ideating about new features, figuring out best practices, etc) and allows for upvotes from the community.

If there is a feature you'd like to see in Wasp (e.g. support for Vue) you can create a new post for it or upvote it if it is already there!

๐Ÿš€ Next launch is coming - a super early sneak peek ๐Ÿ‘€โ€‹

Next launch sneak peek

We know we just wrapped up Beta release, but we are busy wasps and our heads are already in the next one! We made a preliminary draft of the features that are going to be included - the "theme" of this release is going to be about making Wasp super easy and friendly for you to use.

We'll further polish our auth & deployment experience, along with ensuring TypeScript experience is fully typed and as helpful as possible. Stay tuned for the official roadmap and date of the next launch!

Want to make sure your fav feature makes it into the next release? Let us know on Discussions!

๐ŸŽฅ Wasp is now on YouTube!โ€‹

Wasp is on YouTube

Thanks to Vince, who recently joined as Devrel (intro blog post coming soon!), Wasp now finally has its YouTube channel!

We're just starting out but already made some splashes - our "Build a full-stack app in 9 mins with Wasp and ChatGPT" got over 2k views (not bad for a channel with 50 subscribers, right?).

We also made our first YT short, featuring how to add auth to your app in 60 seconds with Wasp.

If you want to stay in the loop (and I guess you do since you're reading this :D), please subscribe to our channel and help us reach the first 100 subscribers on YouTube!

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You know you want it!

๐Ÿ•น Community highlightsโ€‹

Wasp Github Star Growth - over 2,000 โญ๏ธ, woohoo!โ€‹

Beta was great and it brought us to 2,234 stars! We never imagined Wasp could become so popular when we were just getting started. Huge thanks to all our contributors and stargazers - you are amazing!

Wasp has over 2,000 GitHub stars

And if you haven't yet, please star us on Github! Yes, we are shameless star beggars, but if you believe in the project and want to support it that's one of the best ways to do it (next to actually building something with Wasp - go do that too! :D)

And before you leave, here's a photo of a squishy wasp (ok, it's a bumblebee, but you get it) proudly rocking Wasp swag ๐Ÿค˜ ๐Ÿ (yep, we got a bunch of these for the office, you can also see Martin the background :D)!

Wasp's new mascot
This lil' boy actually became pretty popular in our community - we're now looking for a name for him!

Thanks for reading and see you in a month!

Buzzity buzz, you got that pizzazz ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ,
Matija, Martin and the Wasp team

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