#335 — April 23, 2020

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Node Weekly

Node.js 14 Released — Woo-hoo another major release of Node.js is here. v14 now becomes the current ‘release’ line with it becoming a LTS (Long Term Support) release in October.. so production apps would, ideally, remain on v12 for now. So what’s new..?

  • Diagnostic reports are now a stable feature.
  • It's based on V8 8.1.
  • An experimental Async Local Storage API
  • Improvements to streams.
  • An experimental WebAssembly System Interface (WASI) to support future WebAssembly use cases.
  • Bye bye to the ESM module ‘experimental’ warning (though it still is experimental).

Michael Dawson and Bethany Griggs

Learn Hardcore Functional Programming in JavaScript — Join Brian Lonsdorf and learn how to apply such concepts as pure functions, currying, composition, functors, monads and more.

Frontend Masters sponsor

Puppeteer 3.0: Say Hello to Firefox — Best known as a way to headlessly control Chrome from Node, Puppeteer has recently seen some competition in the form of the cross-browser Playwright recently. But competition can be good and Puppeteer now supports Firefox too.

Mathias Bynens

ZEIT Is Now Vercel — You probably best know ZEIT as the creators and maintainers of the popular Next.js React framework and their ‘Now’ deployment and hosting platform.


New OpenSSL Security Release To Require Node Updates? Maybe Not.. — A key security update to OpenSSL raised the possibility of widespread Node releases to incorporate the fixes, but initial suggestions are that Node isn’t affected. Fingers crossed!

Sam Roberts

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📚 Articles & Tutorials

OneTesselAway: Building a Real-Time Public Transit Status Device — A developer wanted to know when the next bus would arrive.. while using lots of cool tech, including Node, the OneBusAway API, and the Tessel 2 IoT platform.

Robert McGuire

What is the toJSON() Function? — If an object has a toJSON function, JSON.stringify() calls toJSON() and serializes the return value from toJSON() instead.

Valeri Karpov

Top GitHub Best Practices for Developers - Expanded Guide — Implementing these best practices could save you time, improve code maintainability, and prevent security risks.

Datree.io sponsor

Refactor Your Node and Express APIs to Serverless with Azure Functions — John Papa points out a Microsoft tutorial that walks through the process of taking a Node API serverless with Azure’s Functions service.

John Papa

Querying SQL Server from Node with async/await

Rob Tomlin

Why I Stopped Using Microservices

Robin Wieruch

🛠 Tools, Resources and Libraries

lazynpm: A Terminal UI for npm — One of those sort of things you don’t realize you need until you give it a go. There’s a four-minute screencast if you want to see how it works without downloading.

Jesse Duffield

node-sqlite3 4.2: Async, Non-blocking SQLite3 Bindings for Node4.2.0 just came out.


ts-gphoto2-driver: A Node Wrapper for libgphoto2libgphoto2 provides a way to control a variety of digital cameras/DSLRs.

Lenzotti Romain

AppSignal Now Supports Node.js: Roadmap for the Coming Weeks

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Rosetta: A General Purpose Internationalization Library in 292 Bytes — Less than 300 bytes, but does have a few dependencies. Aims to be very simple and is targeted at basic string use cases.

Luke Edwards

nodejs-dns 2.0: The Google Cloud DNS Client for Node


node-osc 5.0: Open Sound Control Protocol LibraryOSC is a protocol used to communicate between media devices.

Myles Borins

ts-node: TypeScript Execution and REPL for Node


🕹 And One for Fun..

npm trends: Compare NPM Package Downloads — A site to compare package download counts over time. For example, what about koa vs restify vs fastify?

John Potter