The Future of Node Podcast Series: “Small Core” – Keeping Node Core Small

IBM and StrongLoop partnered with Changelog to sponsor “The Future of Node” Spotlight series, recorded at Node Interactive 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Changelog is a podcast and digital media company focused on telling developer-centric stories. They’re hacker to the heart. You may know them best from their popular podcast “The Changelog” – a weekly podcast that covers the technology and people of open source. It’s about the code, the people, and the community.

In this episode from “The Future of Node” Spotlight series, host Adam Stacoviak talked with Sam Roberts (Node Runtimes at IBM) and Thomas Watson (Node.js Lead at Opbeat) about keeping Node Core small, what to put in, what to take out, how to deprecate and everything in-between.
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Isomorphic JavaScript Mobile Apps

The method of delivering content to a browser has continued to evolve over the years. In the early days, every page was a full payload. If you clicked a link, you got a new page. If you hit the back button, you were delivered a new full page.

With the advent of AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), web pages started to become more interactive without full page loads. Form submissions are the perfect example: a user fills out a form, hits the submit button, a spinner shows that something is happening, and finally the page displays a success/fail message. Previously, a user would click Submit on the form, that would perform an HTTP POST of the form data to the server, which would return a new page showing success or fail. This new AJAX method felt slicker and more “app-like”. This was only the beginning…

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StrongLoop, Argon and Node.js v5

And here we were, guard relaxed, Node.js v4 was out and compatibility was looking nice and green on CI. Customers and clients were re-assured and all was serene. And then comes along Node.js v5. We can already hear your question: “Wait! What? Should we upgrade?” with eyebrows raised… So here is a bit of the story, but bottom line: for Production usage, and StrongLoop support, keep using Node.js v4, also named Argon.

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