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23 May 2011, 14:30

Node.js 0.4.8 released

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Node.js logo The developers of the server-side, event-driven JavaScript web framework Node.js have released version 0.4.8 of the platform. The update improves error reporting and debugger support. It also disables compression when using OpenSSL to improve memory performance. There is also a number of bug fixes. Details are noted in the Node blog announcement.

This is the latest update to node.js 0.4.x since its February release and the developers have been steadily fixing bugs, improving performance and upgrading the V8 JavaScript engine to the latest version (now at version Node.js is available to download from the node.js file or from the project's github repository. Node.js is licensed primarily under an MIT licence and a variety of open source licences.

Earlier this month, npm 1.0, the Node Package Manager, was also released. JavaScript in the browser relies on HTML directives to include other JavaScript files; Node.js's server-side JavaScript isn't wrapped in HTML, so it uses a "require" command and packages to bring in code from the local file system. Npm allows developers to easily publish and install JavaScript-based packages.

Version 1.0 has been re-architected to allow for global or local installation, the ls command now shows a tree of local packages, the remote registry search command has been enhanced, and there is an improved link command. Instructions for installing npm are available at and the current version is feature-frozen for at least the next six months, according to developer Isaac Schlueter. Npm's source code is available under an MIT licence.


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