Jerod and Nick discuss the big Deno news, play a ridiculous new game in honor of April Fool’s Day, then give shout outs to some awesome software projects we love.
Ryan Dahl and Bert Belder announcing the Deno Company:
In order to vigorously pursue these ideas, we have raised 4.9 million dollars of seed capital… This investment means we will have a staff of full-time expert engineers working to improving Deno. We will ensure that issues are addressed, bugs are fixed, timely releases are made; we will ensure Deno is a platform others can build on with trust.
Deno will remain MIT licensed: no open core. It appears they will commercialize through infrastructure and other offerings. Maybe deploy is the first of these?
The Deno team shared a recap of 2020 and their plans for 2021.
With API stabilizations, several large infrastructure refactors, the 1.0 release, and shipping the single most requested feature, 2020 brought a lot of action to the Deno project.
Please fill out the Deno survey to help guide our development in 2021.
A (potentially) landmark feature landed in Deno 1.6:
deno compile --unstable https://firstname.lastname@example.org/examples/cat.tswill make you an executable version of the module.
This puts Deno-based TypeScript projects in the same league as Go and Rust by providing a way to distribute software without the pain of dynamically linking multiple files. (This single-binary distribution has made Go a popular choice for projects such as the GitHub CLI and Stripe CLI.)
Node has had a similar capability by way of Vercel’s pkg project, but Deno sets itself apart by supporting the feature as part of the runtime itself.
Aleph.js doesn’t need webpack or other bundler since it uses the ESM imports syntax. Every module only needs to be compiled once and then cached on the disk. When a module changes, Aleph.js just needs to re-compile that single module, there’s no time wasted to re-bundle every changes, and instantly updates in the browser by HMR (Hot Module Replacement) with React Fast Refresh.
The “$X but for Deno” meta trend is starting to pick up steam. Expect more like this in 2021 and beyond.
Angie Rojas shared some insights into what Deno brings to the TypeScript ecosystem and whether or not it will “render Node.js obsolete.”
This is a wide-ranging discussion about all things Deno. We discuss why they’re using Rust, how they’re rewriting parts of the TypeScript compiler, their take on package management, what adoption looks like, their code of conduct, and more.
Deno (the new JS/TS runtime from Node creator Ryan Dahl) is nearing its 1.0 release, so it’s getting a first (or second) look by many curious devs out there.
If you come from Node.js, you might find that a lot of things are very similar in Deno, here we show some features that Deno and Node.js have in common, it would be great for learning purpose.