#468 — January 5, 2023
Gluon: Framework for Creating Desktop Apps from Sites — A new approach for building desktop apps from Web sites using Node and already installed browsers. Notably, Gluon supports both Chromium and Firefox. Deno can also be used in place of Node. Windows and Linux are catered for, with initial macOS support being released just this week. GitHub repo.
Node v19.3.0 (Current) Released — This happened a few weeks ago but we haven’t had a normal issue since then 😁 19.3 is a typical, minor incremental release, but which upgrades npm to v9.2.0, itself a significant enough release to require an explainer in these release notes.
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Five Challenges to Building an Isomorphic JS Library — Here, “isomorphic” means code or libraries that run both on client and server runtimes with minimal adaptations.
Nick Fahrenkrog (Doordash)
Lockfile Trick: Package an npm Project with Nix in 20 Lines — I have yet to play with the Nix package management system, but this seems like a useful post if you’re using it alongside npm
‘I Migrated from a Postgres Cluster to Distributed SQLite with LiteFS’ — Not your typical database migration. But with interest and tooling around the file-oriented SQLite database picking up, I think we’ll see it pick up a lot more use cases that might have traditionally fallen to systems like Postgres or MySQL.
Kent C Dodds
How To Use SQLite with Node.js on Ubuntu 22.04 — A practical walkthrough as we’ve come to expect from DigitalOcean’s community site.
How to Publish to npm in 2023 — Just the essentials.
🛠 Code & Tools
Symphonia: An Audio Playback Library for Node — Audio playback from Node? Yep. Symphonia will play MP3s, WAVs, AACs, and several other formats on Windows, macOS and Linux. How? A lot of Rust code. It’s also an interesting example of a Node extension built entirely in Rust.
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EverShop: Node, React, and GraphQL-Powered Ecommerce Platform — Under development but plenty to get started with and plenty of docs too, as well as a demo store. GitHub repo. (GPL-3.0 licensed.)
Superdiff: Compares Two Arrays or Objects and Return a Diff — Got two similar objects and want to see the underlying differences?
↳ Zero-conf Node.js reloading.
↳ Define Mongoose models with TypeScript classes.
↳ Prepare Node Lambda functions for deployment.
↳ Cairo backed Canvas implementation.
Fastify 4.11 – Popular Web framework.
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Go for Node.js Developers: Examples of Go Compared to Node — A Rosetta Stone-esque effort comparing approaches to the same tasks in both Go and Node.js. BTW, if you ever work Go-side, we have a Go newsletter too.