Polyfills gone rogue
#503 — September 26, 2023
GitHub Actions Could Be So Much Better — GitHub Actions provides a fantastic and useful service, but the developer experience leaves a lot to be desired, particularly when debugging them. If you’ve been frustrated with figuring out Action and setting up your own workflows, you’ll find a lot to nod along to here.
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Token Based Authentication with JWTs in Fastify — Learn how to build secure authentication systems with Fastify, JWT, and TypeScript with this guide. (BTW, there should be more posts about Fastify – if you write any yourself, send them in to us!)
An update on GitHub Actions’ plan to transition from Node 16 to Node 20. “Starting October 23rd, workflows containing actions running on Node 16 will display a warning to alert users about the upcoming migration.”
It doesn’t officially ‘launch’ till tomorrow.. but a heads up to instant.dev which promises to be an interesting Postgres-focused Ruby on Rails-inspired ORM and migrations system for Node apps.
Why to Build Test Data Factories with Prisma
NODE_ENV Considered Harmful
Colin J. Ihrig
🛠 Code & Tools
Gitify: GitHub Notifications From Your Menu Bar — If you get too many GitHub notifications, this utility aims to ‘tame’ them by collecting together said notifications into a single app for macOS, Windows and Linux. Built using Node and React as an Electron app. Is it open source? Of course.
Release Please 16.0: A Release Automation Tool from Google — A Google API team project that automates CHANGELOG, GitHub release, and release PR generation for projects that use Conventional Commits style commit messages.
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Envalid 8.0: Environment Variable Validation — Ensure your program only runs when all of its environment dependencies are met. 8.0 is technically a ‘minor bump’ in terms of features, but the types have been changed enough to warrant it.
RDB: A Database Agnostic ORM for Node — Around for many years, RDB nonetheless sits amongst a wide range of options, but the homepage includes lots of examples of its API, so it’s easy to see if its particular flavor is to your taste. It supports both JS and TypeScript, ESM and CJS. GitHub repo.
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Critical 6.0: Extracts and Inlines Critical Path CSS from HTML — A Node powered tool for when you want to optimize a page’s rendering to the max by inlining above-the-fold CSS.
The Canary in the Gold Mine v9.0 — A core tool that lets you pull down any module of your choice and test it using a specific version of the Node runtime. It’s used by the Node.js Project itself to test releases and ‘controversial changes.’
node-poppler 7.0: Async Wrapper for the Poppler PDF Renderer — Poppler is a PDF rendering library based on xpdf. Note that Windows binaries come with this package but Linux and macOS users have some dependencies to install.
↳ Robust, resumable file upload approach.
↳ Generate fake data to your heart’s content.
Node-Redis 4.6.10 – Redis client library.
↳ MIDI library for Node and browsers.
🤖 Good news?
GitHub’s CEO, Thomas Dohmke, says that despite the rapid encroachment of AI and ML technologies into the software development sphere, “the demand for software developers will continue to outweigh the supply.” Phew..?
On a related topic, I’m headed to the AI Engineer Summit in a couple of weeks to hopefully get a better feel for whether this is true and just how AI can help us progress as developers without unintended negative side effects. If you’re also going to be there, say hi!
– Peter Cooper, editor