Node Roundup: Node 0.10.12, grunt-micro, connect-prerenderer

19 Jun 2013 | By Alex Young | Tags node modules cluster grunt connect express
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Node 0.10.12

Node 0.10.12 was released yesterday. This version updates v8 and npm, and has a fix for the net module.

One minor change that I liked was readline now supports CTRL-L for clearing the screen – that means Node’s command-line interface will do this as well. Before hitting CTRL-L did nothing, which wasn’t very intuitive if you’re used to using readline tools.

grunt-micro

If size is important to you, then you’ll like grunt-micro (GitHub: markdalgleish / grunt-micro, License: MIT, npm: grunt-micro) by Mark Dalgleish. This Grunt plugin ensures a script is smaller than a given size. Mark suggests this is useful for client-side authors that have size claims in their project documentation, but it could be useful for other things, like warning about asset sizes in mobile projects.

connect-prerenderer

connect-prerenderer (GitHub: dai-shi / connect-prerenderer, License: BSD, npm: connect-prerenderer) by Daishi Kato is middleware for pre-rendering content to support systems that don’t interact well with Ajax-heavy interfaces. This is ideal for improving the SEO of a site.

The author has paid special attention to AngularJS – the documentation includes some Angular client-side code that adds support for the module.


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