#465 — December 1, 2022
The Advent of Code 2022: 25 Days of Code Challenges — If you have a little time each day to do some programming puzzles, the Advent of Code is always fantastic and now in its eighth year. There’s a sub-Reddit where people share and discuss their solutions and I’ve picked up lots of tricks from looking at other people’s approaches. Day one should take up less than 10 minutes of your time if you just want to get a feel for it.
The Advent of Code
Node v19.2.0 (Current) Released — A minor update with changes to the daylight savings rules for Fiji and Mexico, a V8 version bump, the enabling of a fast path for UTF-8 encoding (which has some promising microbenchmark results), and steps towards implementing the Web File API (some example usage code here.)
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Electron 22.0 Released, Plus Other Electron News — The long standing cross platform desktop framework continues to evolve. v22 jumps up to Chromium 108 and Node 16.17.1. The UtilityProcess API is a new feature. There are also some other Electron related updates to be aware of:
The end of support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 as of Electron 23. v22 is the final version to support Windows < 10.
Electron Forge 6 has been released. Forge is an official tool for packaging and distributing Electron apps. 6.0 is a total rewrite and now considered the official ‘batteries included build pipeline’ for Electron apps.
The Electron project is going quiet for December so the team can recharge their batteries for 2023 (or maybe to do Advent of Code? ;-))
Congratulations to NearForm and Fastify’s Rafael Gonzaga who is the newest Node.js TSC member – may he commit much to the official Node repo 😁
Deploying Node Apps to AWS: Building an Automated CI/CD Pipeline — You’d need to use all your fingers and toes to count the ways to deploy apps to AWS nowadays, but here’s one reasonably tidy way using CodeBuild and CodeDeploy and triggered by pushes to a git repo.
NPM Security: Preventing Supply Chain Attacks — Learn how to prevent supply chain attacks and other security threats using Snyk’s guide to npm security practices.
A Beginner’s Guide to Parsing (and Creating) XML with Node
🛠 Code & Tools
vm2: A Sandbox for Running Untrusted Node Code — A locked down, heavily restricted sandbox build around Node’s internal vm module that lets you add a timeout, limit access to built-in modules as you see fit, and more. Lots of code samples to check out here.
EventEmitter3 5.0: A High Performance Event Emitter — API compatible with Node’s own emitter but with tweaks for extra performance.
Discord.js 14.7: A Library for Interacting with Discord’s API — A way to write bots or similar tools for the wildly popular Discord chat system.
AWS Lambda Powertools for TypeScript — A suite of utilities for working with AWS Lambda. Includes tracing, structured logging, and custom metric creation.
Amazon Web Services – Labs
↳ Middleware-oriented REST API framework.
🐝 Bee Queue 1.5
↳ Redis-backed robust job/task queue.
↳ CLI dev framework, built by Salesforce.
↳ Front-end admin panel for Node apps.
↳ Full-featured Node.js framework.
Light My Request 5.7
↳ Fake HTTP request/response injection library.
↳ Type-safe PostgreSQL client.
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