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Node Weekly Issue 5
October 3, 2013
From the Editor's Desk..
Welcome to issue 5 of Node Weekly. If you wonder if we skipped a week, we did, but all back on track now :-)
Node v0.10.20 and 0.10.19 (Stable) Released Node v0.10.20 followed on less than a week from 0.10.19 due to a sporadic hanging and partial reading bug in tls. No large additions in 0.10.19 but upgrades to libuv and npm, along with tweaks to readline, configure, stream, and tls.
Node.js Blog
Fancy Node.js-based Blogging App 'Ghost' Goes Live to Backers
Ars Technica
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Building Multiplayer Games with Node.js and Socket.IO Eric Terpstra walks through how to use Node.js and Socket.IO to build a multiplayer game, using a simple but fun word game as an example.
Flippin' Awesome
Deploying Node Apps to AWS using Grunt
Pony Foo
Easy API Scaffolding with Simple-API and Node.js Joe Wegner shows how to use Simple API, a npm project that makes it easy to scaffold APIs in Node.js.
Flippin' Awesome
Using Cloudant with Node.js Cloudant is a distributed database as a service.
Max Thayer
AppDynamics Acquires Node.js Monitoring Solution Nodetime
How StrongLoop Plans to Make Mobile App Development More Enterprise-Friendly
Watching and Listening
Killing Passwords with JavaScript Passwords are a security and usability problem, yet we have more of them than ever. This talk introduces Mozilla Persona, a cross-browser login system designed to help with that problem. Powered by Node.js on the backend, it pushes most of the crypto to the browser in order to create a secure and privacy-respecting experience.
HasGeek TV
Node.js: A Jumpstart for Devs A ‘one-size-gets-you-started’ introduction to Node punctuated with 10 short screencasts. I like this format.
Libraries, Code and Tools
Domo-kun: A Minimalistic IRC-bot Framework Want to quickly create your own Node powered IRC bot? Now you can.
Riku Rouvila
Run Node.js Code Quickly & Securely in The Browser Using Docker Like JSbin for server-side languages. Run server-side code quickly and securely in the browser. Automatic dependency installation. Live code execution. Transparent revisioning. Powered by docker.
Matt Mueller
Frisby.js: A REST API Testing Framework A REST API testing framework built on Node.js and Jasmine that makes testing API endpoints easy, fast, and, allegedly, fun.
NodeBB v0.0.7 Released A major milestone for the Node-based forum software. Now with Bootstrap 3 integration, a better chat module, and new plugins for Markdown parsing and username mentions.
try-parse: Parses Different Data Types From Strings and Objects of Strings Will automatically turn numbers, truthy/falsy values, and dates into their respective data types from their string representations.
awssum: Node Module to Aid Talking to Amazon's Web Service APIs Includes plugins for S3, CloudFront, Route53, SimpleDB, Elastic Beanstalk, Glacier, and more.
intel: Yet Another Node.js Logging Library Supports named hierarchical loggers for well structured logging.
Sean McArthur
Collaborative Virtual Browser Runs a headless browser on a server, via PhantomJS and Node.js. The current web page is displayed on multiple devices and interactions initiated on one of these devices are fed back to the server. This gives you an easy way to test on several platforms, simultaneously.
Switch Between Different .npmrc Files with Ease
Conrad Pankoff
Express Train: A Framework for Building 12 Factor Web Apps on Express 3
Erin Noe-Payne
Cabin: Extensible Static Site Generator Powered by Grunt
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