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Ben Calder

Thanks for taking the time to reply. Don't get me wrong: it's perfectly legitimate to compare your library to others and point out where you do things better: that's pretty standard and what I was expecting from your article. But presenting a library author as a "snake oil" merchant and those who show enthusiasm for that library as fools for falling "hook, line and sinker" for his lies is pretty insulting and not particularly constructive.

a good chunk of the material around the Svelte 3 release was purposefully misleading

If you're going to post claims like this you really need to back them up with some evidence beyond your subjective opinion. Case in point: from what I've seen the benchmarks you referenced in a previous article to demonstrate the speed of SolidJS show Svelte performing pretty well. From my perspective whether Rich Harris deliberately chose to present benchmarks that especially favoured Svelte is therefore a moot point: you expect some hyperbole during these presentations and you should of course question and verify the claims being made. I've yet to find anything that causes me serious concerns; and I'm finding Svelte a pleasure to work with on small personal projects. For me, whether it's a good choice for large professional projects is still an open question: e.g. it will need good Typescript support if it's going to be taken seriously at my office...

Anyway - best of luck with promoting SolidJS: ultimately healthy competition is a good thing; so we absolutely do need people pushing the envelope and showing how things can be done better.

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Ryan Carniato Author

Yeah Svelte has great performance. I think it is at a good place that people should seriously consider using it in larger projects. It's getting quite mature in its feature set and has been stable for some time.

This is why it rubbed me wrong. It definitely was subjective how I reacted. None of these things are serious enough to prevent one from using Svelte. It's an awesome library. I'm not saying it is snake oil, but that given the distance between what was being said and the facts, in my perspective it was being sold that way(especially the benchmarks, really atrocious, read this thread to get one example from Rethinking Reactivity: github.com/somebee/dom-reconciler-...). As a huge enthusiast of the approach Svelte has taken and performance that hit me harder than it should have. How does one defend the position when it is misleading. I felt like my work was going to get bucketed in with it and I could tell that it wasn't going to be the place for me. My first interaction wasn't great(github.com/sveltejs/svelte/issues/...) but I'm all for helping improve Svelte where I can(github.com/sveltejs/svelte/issues/...).