Node Roundup: 0.6, Moment.js, Cupboard

2011-11-09 00:00:00 +0000 by Alex R. Young
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Node 0.6.0

Node 0.6.0 is out! The benchmarks look promising, the Windows support is now getting pretty
serious, so get it installed before the next version comes out!

In order to support Windows we reworked much of the core architecture. There was some fear that our work would degrade performance on UNIX systems but this was not the case. [...] We consider this a good intermediate stage for the Windows port. There is still work to be done.

The API changes are actually quite gentle, and have been well-documented
in Node API changes between v0.4 and
Don't fret, your code will probably run fine.


Moment.js (GitHub: timrwood / moment, License: MIT, npm:
moment) by Tim Wood might be the best date library I've seen so far. Like any good date wrangling citizen, it manipulates dates without
changing the Date prototype, and it works in both Node and
browsers. It even has a friendly chainable API:

var moment = require('moment');
moment().add('hours', 1).fromNow();

In fact, it works a little bit like jQuery, behaving differently based
on the arguments to moment():

// JavaScript Date object
var day = new Date(2011, 11, 9)
  , dayWrapper = moment(day);

// Unix time stamp
day = moment(1318781876406);

// String, parsed with Date.parse
day = moment('Dec 31, 1999');

More API options are available, read the full documentation here:
Moment.js documentation


Cupboard (npm: cupboard) by Craig Condon is command line tool for managing multiple git/npm projects.
Projects are accessible through the cdb command, and
commands can be issued against multiple projects.

Cupboard comes with templates to get projects "in the cupboard" as
quickly as possible. For example, this will add npm and git functions to
a project like publish

cbd init git+npm

There's a list of templates and command documentation in the project's