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Node 0.5.2

Node 0.5.2 was released last week:

  • libuv improvements; named pipe support
  • #1242 check for SSL_COMP_get_compression_methods() (Ben Noordhuis)
  • #1348 remove require.paths (isaacs)
  • #1349 Delimit NODE_PATH with ; on Windows (isaacs)
  • #1335 Remove EventEmitter from C++
  • #1357 Load json files with require() (isaacs)
  • #1374 fix setting ServerResponse.statusCode in writeHead (Trent Mick)
  • Fixed: GC was being run too often
  • Upgrade V8 to 3.4.14
  • doc improvements

#1357 in particular should prove to be popular. It allows JSON files to be required, so a
JSON configuration can now be loaded like this:

var config = require('./config.json');

OSCON Node 0.5 Slides

Ryan Dahl posted his OSCON 2011 slides to
Twitter
. The
slides are here: nodejs.org/oscon.pdf.
These slides have more details on the work going into Windows Node
support:

With the support of Microsoft, Cloudkick, and Joyent we have four person team sponsored to complete the project. The ultimate result will be an official node.exe distribution.

And:

Replacing the binding layer is difficult. Everything will be broken for a while. All new code is set alongside existing bindings until it is good enough to be used by default.

It looks like a short talk, but it's encouraging for Windows-based
developers.

There's a lot of support growing for libuv:

Only took 1h to make Redis use libuv by @ryah et al. Very usable socket interface sugar coated with platform independence. Love it!

- @pnoordhuis

node-language-detect

node-language-detect (npm: languagedetect) by Francois-Guillaume Ribreau is a language detection module:

var lngDetector = new (require('languagedetect'));
console.log(lngDetector.detect('This is a test.'));

/*
  [ [ 'english', 0.5969230769230769 ],
  [ 'hungarian', 0.407948717948718 ],
  [ 'latin', 0.39205128205128204 ],
  [ 'french', 0.367948717948718 ],
  [ 'portuguese', 0.3669230769230769 ],
  [ 'estonian', 0.3507692307692307 ],
  [ 'latvian', 0.2615384615384615 ],
  [ 'spanish', 0.2597435897435898 ],
  [ 'slovak', 0.25051282051282053 ],
  [ 'dutch', 0.2482051282051282 ],
  [ 'lithuanian', 0.2466666666666667 ],
  ... ]
*/

The Hungarian result in the example surprised me, but the library ships
with tests and seems a lot faster than the original module that the
author has ported.

d3bench

Ryan Dahl posted a little benchmarking app to GitHub recently called
d3bench. It's made using Express, Socket.IO, and D3.

I was more interested in seeing how Ryan builds Node apps than actually
using d3bench, but if anything it'll probably inspire Node developers to take another look at D3.