Node v17 released

October 21, 2021 By Mark Otto 0

Node v17 (Current) Released — Being sixteen flew by in a flash for me at least, but so too has it for Node 16 remaining the cutting edge ‘release’ line. v17 now takes over that role with Node 16 becoming an Active LTS version (as of next week, technically) to be maintained through to 2024. But what’s new in Node 17?

  • Includes OpenSSL 3.0 which reintroduces FIPS support.
  • Uses the V8 9.5 engine which introduces the Intl.DisplayNames v2 API.
  • The readline module now has a way to read data from Readable streams.
  • npm upgraded to v8.1.0.
  • Node v17.0.1 already dropped to fix a bug relating to building native addons.

Bethany Nicolle Griggs and the Node.js Team

📢  Just as we were about to hit send, Gatsby 4.0 was released (in final, rather than beta, form) 🙂 We’ll feature it more in tomorrow’s JavaScript Weekly.

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How to ‘Cancel’ an HTTP Request — The so-called Abort API allows you to cancel asynchronous tasks such as in-flight HTTP requests and here’s how to use it in the latest Node.js version. Simon has also given a 30 minute talk about AbortController generally if you want to learn more.

Simon Plenderleith

▶  Finding a Lost Song with Node and Async Iterators — Luciano got a song in his head and wanted to remember what it was. Being a programmer, of course, he didn’t just wait to figure it out but set out to code a solution by way of the API.

Luciano Mammino

🛠 Code & Tools

JavaScript Obfuscator: A Way to Scramble Your JS Code — Transforms your code into a functionally equivalent representation that’s harder to understand or modify. A lot of folks find this sort of fiddling to be of little value given it can be reversed to some extent anyway, but there’s a Web interface if you want to give it a try.

Timofey Kachalov, Tiago Serafim, et al.

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🕰 ICYMI (Some older stuff that’s worth checking out…)