#306 — September 19, 2019

Read on the Web

Node Weekly

Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons: Acceptable Use of the npm Public Registry — Usage of the official npm repository is still growing along a ‘hockey stick’ curve and npm Inc. wants to ensure a high level of service is maintained. As such, their acceptable usage policy now clarifies that making over 5 million requests per month is considered ‘excessive’.

The npm Blog

Using GitHub Actions for Continuous Integration with Node — There are going to be quite a few articles like this in the coming months, as GitHub Actions (while still in beta) is now immediately open to anyone who applies.

Jason Walton

The Node.js Security Handbook — Learn actionable best practices to help you protect your Node.js applications. Download the checklist for tips on monitoring, infrastructure, protection, and more.

Sqreen sponsor

▶  Why 0.1 + 0.2 === 0.30000000000000004: Implementing IEEE 754 in JS — Head to your node CLI right now and type in 0.1 + 0.2. If the answer confuses you, this is the video for you. And even if you know why, working with the building blocks behind floating point representations is just cool anyway.

Low Level JavaScript

Last Week's OpenSSL Security Releases Don't Require Node.js Updates — Basically a case of “no news is good news”, but since we mentioned it last week.. OpenSSL had some updates for security issues but Node is considered to be unaffected. No updates needed.

Sam Roberts (Node.js Foundation)

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📚 Articles and Tutorials

▶  Playing Pokemon Together With Node.js — A fun look at writing a video game emulator script and how to interact with them using Node.js and Express.

Samuel Agnew

How To Pass Environment Info During Docker Builds — A guide to Docker’s ENV and ARG with a Node-based example.

Bhargav Bachina

▶  Creating Beautiful LED Art with JavaScript — Brings together a lot of interesting math, Johnny Five, and node-pixel.

Bryan Hughes

A Four Part Guide to Iterators and Generators — A lot to digest in this series about both synchronous and asynchronous iterators and generators, with each getting a full article.

Andrea Simone Costa

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Datadog APM sponsor

The Six Most Common Types of Logic in Large Applications — All about architecture (Uncle Bob’s Clean Architecture principles, in particular) and deciding upon where to place different types of code in a larger application.

Khalil Stemmler

How to Build a Tree-Shaking Tool — Building your own “dead code” remover in JavaScript.

Chidume Nnamdi

Build a WhatsApp Bot in 10 Minutes using Node.js and Twilio

Michael Ekpang

🛠 Code and Tools

Git Quick Statistics: A Quick Way to See Stats on Your Git Repos — Written in bash, this script helps you look at contributor stars, changelogs, commits per author/date/month/etc.

Lukáš Mešťan

HumanizeDuration.js: Turn Milliseconds into Natural Language — So 97320000 becomes ‘1 day, 3 hours, 2 minutes’, etc.

Evan Hahn

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A Node.js S2 Library for Spherical Geometry — I realize the headline isn’t selling it, but Radar is open sourcing their Node port of Google’s S2 library which provides a way to work with geographical coordinates on a spherical basis (rather than flat).

Radar Blog

Fakingoose: An Automatic Fixture Generator That Uses Mongoose Schemas — If you’re using Mongo and Mongoose and have your data models already defined in schemas, this can generate ‘fake’ data based upon them.

Lod Lawson

vitter-sample: Efficient Sequential Random Sampling — Here’s the original academic paper, if you’re so inclined.

Logan Kearsley