#​473 — February 9, 2023

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Node v19.6.0 (Current) Released — Node 19 moves up to npm 9.4 (which notably implements the pnpm-like isolated mode (via --install-strategy=linked) and the still experimental loader hooks can now chain. Node 18.14.0 (LTS) is also out and features a significant upgrade to npm 9.3.

Node.js Project

Ada 1.0: Node's Forthcoming New URL Parser — Node.js is moving to a new, faster URL parser called Ada (ironically written in C++ and not Ada). It passes the full WHATWG and Node test suites, though we’d be surprised if there aren’t a few teething issues after the switchover.

Ada Authors

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Puppeteer in Node: Common Mistakes to AvoidPuppeteer is a powerful library offering Chromium-flavored browser automation, but there are a variety of pitfalls that can trip you up. Find out some of the common mistakes you should avoid.

Greg Gorlen


  • ❤️ Get ready for a Valentine's Day gift from the Node.js core team in the shape of anticipated security releases across all maintained release lines.

  • Lambda Cold Starts is a neat page giving a live demonstration of how quickly different AWS Lambda serverless runtimes take to start. Given Node's mature status on Lambda, it does surprisingly poorly?

▶  TypeScript Speedrun: A Crash Course for Beginners — If you want to pick up TypeScript and would find a video guide useful, this is for you. Matt has become well known recently for his educational TypeScript tweets and videos, and this is another good one that flies through the basics. (23 minutes.)

Matt Pocock

Did You Know That You're Already a Distributed Systems Developer?

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On Using Playwright in GitHub Actions
Radosław Miernik

Should You Use char, varchar, or text in Postgres?
Maxim Orlov

🛠 Code & Tools

depngn: Find Out if Dependencies Support a Given Node Version — A CLI tool that establishes whether or not the dependencies in your package.json will work against a specified version of Node. Could be helpful during your upgrades or even to look back at older versions when you get bug reports.


Electron 23.0 Released — The popular cross platform JavaScript, HTML + CSS desktop app framework gets bumped up to Node 18.12.1, Chromium 110, and V8 11.0. Windows 7/8/8.1 support has also been dropped, so we might start to see those versions of Windows lose the support of a lot of Electron based apps soon.

Electron Core Team

resvg-js 2.4: A High-Performance SVG Renderer and Toolkit — Powered by Rust’s resvg on the backend, this works in both Node and the browser (via WebAssembly – live demo) for converting SVG to PNG with a high level of SVG spec support. This release boasts “2-3x faster performance” than before.


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