Svelte creator: Web development should be more fun

Svelte and its full-stack framework, SvelteKit, have made a splash and won applause, including a recent Best of Open Source Software Award, by thinking outside the box in their approach to JavaScript development.

I recently had a chance to talk with Rich Harris, creator of Svelte, about front-end JavaScript trends and the road ahead for Svelte. We also discussed multi-page apps vs. single-page apps, apps vs. docs, his concept of the “transitional app,” and running an open source software project, among other things.

Matthew Tyson: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk. You work at the New York Times. Do you live in NYC?

Rich Harris: I do indeed live in NYC, in Brooklyn. However, I actually handed in my notice at the New York Times and now I’m scrambling to tie up all my responsibilities before I leave. I am starting a Vercel on November 8.

Tyson: Ah, Vercel is good synergy with SvelteKit. (Vercel is a front-end delivery platform.) I recall that Vercel recently added SvelteKit support.

Harris: SvelteKit was partly inspired by Guillermo (Guillermo Rauch, CEO of Vercel), both in the sense that it is modeled after Next.js (Next.js is maintained by Vercel), and because Guillermo had remarked that Vercel users often weren’t sure what the “blessed” way to build a Svelte app was.

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