This week, we’re experimenting with our runtime features, learning about The Edge™️, and (hopefully) avoiding accidental tax fraud.
Welcome to #97.
Some experiments pay off
Node gets experimental
Node 18 was released last week, and it celebrated becoming a legal adult by doing what lots of us did on our 18th birthday:
All of the big new features in Node 18 come with that spooky
🔬 Experiment #1: global
🔬 Experiment #2: Test runner module — This new, built-in test runner lets you create and run Node tests without a third-party library. This is great news for smaller libraries looking to minimize dependencies and developers who just want to use Jest less (so, everyone).
The bottom line: We’re just happy to see Node being so productive despite the abandonment issues they must have been dealing with ever since
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My innie trying to figure out wtf “the edge” is
Netlify and Deno are teaming up at The Edge™️
Netlify and Deno just announced that they’re partnering to deliver Edge Functions — a new serverless compute offering. Given that developers reference the “the edge” more than my mother-in-law’s flat earth Facebook group, we should probably address what the big deal is.
The Bottom Line: It’s hard to be more stoked about “the Edge” than I was in high school (closet U2 fan - terrible decision), but with companies like Cloudflare, Deno, and the rest of the homies working on it, “the Edge” definitely seems like the next big thing.
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