#​445 — July 7, 2022

Read on the Web

Executing Shell Commands from Node.js — Dr. Axel’s journey through the backrooms of Node.js continues with another in-depth guide – this time tackling running other programs from our Node apps. The focus is on the built-in


module here, but you might also want to consider things like execa too.

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer

Bun: An Interesting New JavaScript Runtime — A challenger appears! Bun is a new JavaScript runtime built not around V8 (like Node.js or Deno are) but WebKit/Apple’s JavaScriptCore. It includes its own bundler, transpiler, task runner, and npm client, but most significantly boasts huge performance improvements over existing options and supports a lot of Node and Web APIs already. Want a quick tour and explanation? ▶️ This video by Theo of ping.gg does a pretty good job. One to watch.

Jarred Sumner

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HelloSign, a Dropbox Company sponsor

Ways to Estimate npm Package Market Share — Industry analysis is far from an exact science, but it’s interesting to see the techniques and data sources you can use to estimate things like relative market share of various packages.

Mark Erikson

Isolating and Fixing a Memory Leak in a Real Node App — Specifically this is about how a team approached fixing a memory leak in a complex, real-world app, rather than just a simple example.

Chris Newhouse


An Introduction to Module Path Aliases / Mappings — A tidy example and explanation of the value of aliases for tidying up your import paths.

Abhijit Hota

GV (Google Ventures) Invests $35m into Node Notification Infrastructure

Courier.com sponsor

▶  Playing Pokemon Together with Node — For some reason, Confreaks (well known for their top notch conference recordings) has been uploading talks from older conferences this week. This one from JSConf US 2019 tickled us as a bit of fun.

Samuel Agnew

🛠 Code & Tools

yoctocolors 1.0: The Smallest and Fastest Command-Line Coloring Package — It’s Chalk’s baby cousin.

Sindre Sorhus

string-strip-html: Strip HTML Tags from Strings — Lots of examples to see here. Quite a lot of functionality – it’s not just a regex and replace. You can strip HTML and contents, keep the contents, and even tackle widow words.

Roy Revelt

Improve Your Test Suite’s Reliability And Speed

Buildkite Test Analytics sponsor

Linkinator 4.0: A Tool That Finds Your Site’s Broken Links — Both a Node.js API and CLI tool that can be used to crawl a site and validate links. You can run it as easily as

npx linkinator https://example.com/

right now if you want to try it out.

Justin Beckwith

pg-mem: An Experimental In-Memory Postgres Instance for Tests — There’s a playground if you want to experiment with what it can handle.

Olivier Guimbal

easy-template-x: Generate


Documents from Templates — Given a template document with Mustache-esque tags, this can switch in different content en masse, mail merge style.

Alon Bar

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