May 1, 2024 - Alternative to Figma for Devs

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I’ll start us out with a fun fact today, brought to me by GitHub’s social team. 31 years ago yesterday, CERN put the world’s first web browser, WorldWideWeb, into the public domain.

HBD from your eponymous newsletter 😺.

Now, let’s get into it!


Notable launches, short headlines


Drop Figma for real drag & drop UI components

I’ve seen quite a lot of Figma plugins and design-to-code tools that make it easier to build UI at Product Hunt, but Subframe is standing out as the top-upvoted dev tool of last week.

When Irvin Zhan found that his team was wasting hours in Figma, and that none of the tools his team used to build UI created high-quality code, he built Subframe. Subframe lets devs visually build UI using real components, so much so that you can drop Figma altogether. The Subframe editor is built to be easy and intuitive for non-designers with guardrails that take out the guesswork of design. It exports high-quality React/Tailwind code and works within your codebase (it can be hooked up to your custom business logic).

This is one of those instances where a demo and comments on the launch page do best to prove the product is worth a look. Here a user compares the code to Framer, another onlooker notes Subframe “seems better than, and another writes the editor is “easier to learn than Figma.” 

And for all you devs with extra skills, Zhan also noted that Subframe does have customizability options for advanced users.

At a glance:

• Topic: Product of the Week, Tailwind, CSS, UI components

• Funding: Pre-seed

• HQ: San Francisco

• Founder: Irvin Zhan


Writing code is far more enjoyable than writing about code. Loom just launched a new AI tool to save you time so you can get back to writing the code that counts.

Now, you can record a Loom and let AI do the heavy lifting. AI workflows will parse the content of your video and use it to auto-populate tickets directly in Jira and Linear, or auto-create pull request descriptions and QA steps straight from your video walkthrough.

It’s all part of Loom’s master plan to help developers focus on what they’re best at — engineering.


Talking points from Planet Internet

🐑 Axios covered the robot lawn mower space recently. Overall, it felt similar to reading about robot vacuums 5 years ago, but I couldn’t help but call out two products: This transformer-looking-beast from a company called Electric Sheep that’s being trained to do hedging and trimming, and the one by a Swedish company that leaves behind some lawn for “rewilding” to attract bees and other pollinators.

🛰️ “Foo-foo space industry” is not a phrase I would have expected to come out of a former NASA administrator, but that’s what Dan Golden called it when talking about how harsh space conditions (high temps, radiation) have limited the use of AI for satellites. If figured out, AI can give sattelites autonomy and help process data.


Database ➡️ APIs

Neurelo is a new platform that instantly turns your database into AI-powered REST or GraphQL APIs, enabling you to naturally introduce abstraction in your architecture. From CRUD operations to advanced queries, database communication becomes accessible through APIs. The platform also hopes to simplify database-related tasks by unifying tons of tools, with features from data modeling to schema migration and observability in one platform.

Neurelo is founded by Chirag Shah, former VP of Product at MongoDB, and Guru Kamat, a former Head of Engineering at Stripe.

At a glance

• Topic: API, Postgres, MongoDB, MySQL, Abstraction

• Funding: $5M total

• HQ: San Francisco

• Founders: Chirag Shah, Guru Kamat


Highlights from Deeper Learning

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  • Outerbase offers an AI-powered interface to let you navigate your data with plain English (and it’s redesigned from the ground up).

  • Dokploy is an open-source alternative to Heroku, Netlify, and Vercel.

  • PlayAI is a conversational assistant designed to build human-like voice AI agents.

  • Pinngy provides secure tunnels to localhost with a single command.

  • ServBay sets up a local web dev environment on your computer.

  • Pullpo uses AI to complete code reviews in hours instead of days.

  • Dashcam is a screen recorder built for developers.

  • Glasskube is a next-generation package manager for Kubernotes.



  • Langfuse 2.0 is an open-source AI platform for perfecting your LLM before releasing it.

  • Langtail helps development teams ship AI apps faster and with fewer bugs.

  • LangWatch is an open-source tool for measuring and improving your LLMs

  • HuggingFace launched a chatbot app for iOS.

Until next week

Written by Sarah Wright.

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