It’s an exciting time to be a frontend developer. Facebook’s React turned our ideas about rendering UIs on their heads. Om, in particular, has opened up a new way of thinking about how UIs work. The past couple of years have been a rush of new ideas and growth.
But right now, things are getting really good. This year saw the release of Facebook’s GraphQL and Netflix’s Falcor, and hot on their heels comes a project that borrows the best ideas from each of them: Om Next. Om Next is the successor to the current version of Om (known these days as “Om Now”). It keeps the best things about Om, throws out what didn’t work well, and replaces it with a much better approach.
Om Next is currently in alpha, but once it’s released, we plan to use it at CircleCI. I’d like to explain why that’s so exciting for us. But first, we need to look at why we went down this path at all.