#484 — May 2, 2023
NodeBB v3.0: The Node-Based Forum System — As certain types of social media enter turbulent times, we think forums might be ripe for a comeback.. so it’s great to see the latest major version of the long standing NodeBB make an appearance. v3.0 includes a new default theme, improved push notifications, and the paying down of some serious technical debt. If you’re using NodeBB already, there’s a v3 migration guide, or you can head to the NodeBB community site to get a feel for it.
Julian Lam (NodeBB)
Now Node.js Can Run on Every Major Browser Engine — The actual story is that WebContainers can now run on Safari, iOS and iPadOS much as they could on Firefox or Chrome before, meaning Node.js, too, can run directly within all of those browsers, if you so choose. This post digs into the specific challenges of making Node work in such an environment or, if you prefer, there’s a live demo.
Sylwia Vargas (StackBlitz)
New Course by Kyle Simpson: Practical Problem Solving with Algorithms — Walk through four fun challenges with Kyle in this new video course. You’ll learn how to apply algorithms with techniques like recursion, traversals, and acyclic paths, cover memoization to avoid garbage collection, and come away writing more performant code.
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Exposing a Rust Library to Node with NAPI-RS — Last week we featured a tutorial on processing CSV data in Rust and passing it to Node, courtesy of the NAPI-RS framework for building Node addons in Rust. This article goes a little further in trying to sell you on the idea of leaning on Rust rather than C or C++ for building Node addons.
Lizz Parody has a comparison of Node version managers, namely nvm, Volta, and asdf.
Vercel has unveiled new storage options for apps running on their platform including a Postgres offering, a Redis compatible key value store, and a Cloudflare-powered file storage solution. Notably, all three are provided by other companies behind the scenes.
What’s New in Mongoose 7.1: BigInt Support and createCollections() — An update from the lead maintainer of the popular Mongoose MongoDB object modelling tool.
Getting Started with Fastify for Node.js
Writing Unit Tests in Node.js Using Jest — Very introductory.
David Ekete and Tomas Fernandez
🛠 Code & Tools
Inquirer.js: Common Terminal UI Question Interfaces — Inquirer.js is a long standing set of text-based ‘controls’ for accepting text, passwords, offering selections, and a few other such things, for terminal-based apps. Ten years after its initial creation, it has been brought up to 2023 standards, made more efficient, and now supports TypeScript too.
Marked.js 5.0: A Fast Markdown Parser and Compiler — A low level Markdown compiler built for speed and available as a client-side library, server-side library, and even a CLI. v5.0 deprecates some options in favor of using external plugins. Here’s a live demo.
Check Out Our Latest Release — Our latest platform updates enable you to uplevel your CI/CD workflows with security, flexibility, and control.
Axios 1.4: Promise-Based HTTP Client for Browser and Node — A long standing project and still getting frequent updates despite rapidly being seen as the ‘jQuery of HTTP request libraries.’ If you need it, you’ll know.
Alfaaz: The Fastest Multilingual Word Counter — We’ll take their.. word for it? 😏 At almost 1 gigabyte per second and with support for CJK texts and Arabic and Urdu alphabets, there’s a lot on offer.
Multi-Line INI Parser: INI Parser That Supports Multiline Strings — Another option for parsing a notoriously non-standardized configuration format.
patch-package 7.0: Fix Broken Node Modules Instantly — Make and keep fixes to npm dependencies on an adhoc basis. Describes itself as a ‘a vital band-aid for those of us living on the bleeding edge’.
↳ Implement GraphQL servers and gateways with Fastify.
↳ Fast, low overhead web framework.
↳ High performance image processing.
↳ Turn Swagger YAML into Markdown.
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