Node.js 8 Moves into the LTS Release Line with New JavaScript Features Improving Stability, Speed and Simplicity

​Node.js 8 is ready for production as it transfers into the de facto Long-Term Support release (Node.js 8.9.0 is the first release with the LTS label). Node.js 8 is one of the biggest releases from the Node.js community to date from a feature perspective and is up to 20% faster than its predecessor Node.js 6 in typical web applications (source nearForm). Along with major performance enhancements, the release also eases the ability to maintain larger codebases and makes Node.js more accessible to those looking to transfer from other languages. .

An Interview with OpenTable: Make Your Reservations with Node

OpenTable seats more than 23 million diners per month via online reservations across more than 43,000 restaurants worldwide. In order to make the user experience seamless, collect millions of data across restaurant websites and more, the team of engineers heavily relies on Node for front-end, API and full stack development. We recently interviewed Thomas Hunter, Principal Software Engineer of OpenTable, about how the company is using Node, how Thomas and the company contribute back to the community, future plans and more.

Care and Feeding of the Node.js Ecosystem

The #NodeMinds team met during Node.js Interactive to talk about the care and sustainability of the Node.js Ecosystem. In this article, Kevin Allen summarizes the goals of the group and the outcomes of the meeting. This huddle included discussions on: front-end interoperability, end-user engagement, making Node.js governance more effective, improving working groups, establishing mentorship opportunities, and inclusion.

cross-fetch: Universal WHATWG Fetch API for Node, Browsers, and React Native

cross-fetch, built by Leonardo Quixada, allows you to run the same JavaScript codebase on different platforms. Cross-fetch’s simpler interface means no instantiation, no configuration and no extra dependency. The platform-agnostic tool contains optional polyfill allowing you to define what is a global object and what isn’t.

The V8 Engine and Node.js

Franzi Hinkelmann, a member of the Chrome V8 team at Google and Node.js Core Technical Committee, gave an exciting keynote at Node.js Interactive on the JavaScript engine developed by Google used in Chrome. She discussed her perspective on Chrome V8 in Node.js, and what the Chrome V8 team is doing to continue to support Node.js including co-prioritizing Node.js along with Chromium. Node.js is now a first class citizen in V8 meaning added stability and earlier adoption of features.

All Node.js Interactive videos, from keynotes to sessions, are now available on YouTube!

Technical Content from Node Developers

Node.js Security Overview
Using N|Solid with AppDynamics to Monitor Node.js Applications
Create a Serverless Node.js App with DynamoDB For The First Time
How to Visualize Resque Usage Using Node.js, Websockets, and Redis
Build your Node.js Application in a Modular Way
Building a Budget Manager with Vue.js and Node.js
Create a Zero Dependency HTTP/2 Static File Server with Node.js
A Guide to Automating & Scraping the Web with JavaScript
A Crash Course on Serverless with Node.js
Create a RESTful API with Node.js, Hapi, and Couchbase NoSQL

The Latest on Node 9.0.0 and Recent Releases

Version 9.0.0 (Current)
This release includes improvements to the buffer module error messages, additional assignments of static error codes, emission of errors on process nextTick, and more.

Version 8.9.0 (LTS)
This release includes an update to npm 5.5.1, the exposed http2 socket is no longer manipulatable, support custom paths to require.resolve(), and more.

Check the official Node.js GitHub repository for the latest on new releases, or the Node.js news on our site.


dotJS 2017
Aubervilliers, France - Closes Nov 24, 2017
JSConf Iceland
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NodeConf EU
Kilkenny, Ireland - Nov 5-8, 2017
Code Mesh
London, United Kingdom - Nov 7-9, 2017
Brighton, United Kingdom - Nov 9-10, 2017
JS Kongress
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Tokyo, Japan - Nov 25-26, 2017
Washington, D.C. - Dec 1, 2017
Linz, Austria - Jan 19, 2018

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