May 6, 2020

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Hi curious future Denozens..!

Deno first hit my radar two years ago as a project being developed by Ryan Dahl, the original creator of Node.js.

At the time it was billed as a 'segfaulty', not Node or npm compatible, alternative, TypeScript-flavored V8-based JavaScript runtime. It was very interesting, though, especially as Ryan gave a talk about the things he regretted about Node.js, so we assumed Deno would build upon what he'd learnt.

In the intervening two years, a team of over 200 contributors have been plugging away and a final version 1.0 release is due next week. Deno is a very interesting development in the JavaScript world and I'm hoping to cover its growth on a frequent basis here in Deno Weekly — welcome!

Note: This is just a sample issue that won't be sent to anyone, so there are only a few links below to get you up to speed with what Deno is if you're not familiar.

— Peter Cooper

▶  Deno Explained in 100 Seconds — We all love Node but when its original creator thinks he could do things in a better way, it's worth watching what he's up to. This incredibly succinct animated explainer explains Deno in the easiest of ways and even shows off a few of the developer benefits like being secure by default, browser-compatible events, native ES module support, and more.


Deno 1.0: What You Need to Know — Unofficially billed as “the sequel to Node.js,” Deno is poised to be the most exciting (and possibly controversial?) JavaScript-related release in recent memory and this article does a good job of cruising through the differences to Node.

David Else

Velociraptor: An npm-style Script Runner for Deno — Remember, there is no npm here, but some npm-style conveniences certainly won’t hurt when you’ve got long CLI commands to enter..

Umberto Pepato

Oak: A Middleware Framework for Deno's HTTP Server — A middleware framework that’s inspired by Node’s Koa and includes a Koa-Router inspired router too.


The Official Deno Homepage — It'd be a bit silly if we didn't finish with a link to the official Deno homepage as it's ultimately the most official source of documentation and information, although currently it's certainly quite minimalist :-)

Curated by Peter Cooper

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