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One great perk of async/await in Node.js is how well it integrates with existing libraries. By now, most popular Node.js libraries support some sort of promise-based API, so they integrate nicely with async/await. You might even have the pleasure of removing a few dependencies from your
package.json if you start using async/await instead of co. In this article, I'll show you how async/await works with mocha tests, express routes and middleware, and mongoose queries and cursors.
Mongoose 4.10.0 just landed and brings with it several powerful features and bug fixes. The most +1-ed feature in this supporting
unique in array definitions via the mongoose-unique-array plugin. This feature is implemented as a separate plugin because
mongoose-unique-array does much more than simply create a unique index, it also ties in to validators and versioning. In this article, I'll explain how to use
mongoose-unique-array and the caveats you need to be aware of when using it.
pkg is Zeit's (the company behind Next.js) new tool for bundling Node.js projects into standalone binary executables. A standalone executable has numerous advantages: as long as you're on a compatible OS, you can run the executable without installing Node.js, docker, or any other runtime. You can ship your executable to a vanilla EC2 instance and run it without any extra setup, no need to maintain AMIs or use Packer. You can also cross-compile with pkg, so you can build an OSX-compatible executable on your Linux box and vice-versa. In other words, pkg gives you the best parts of Golang in Node.js.
Next.js is a powerful framework for building server-side rendered applications. Next.js is just a wrapper around React, but it abstracts away all the ugly bits of React: build systems, transpilation, routing, CSS, etc. Most importantly, it makes server-side rendering with React dead simple, no need to carefully structure your code for use with preact-render-to-string or figure out the
lastChild pattern for replacing the server-side rendered component with the client-side rendered component. In this article, I'll show you how to build a basic Next.js app with server-side rendering on top of an Express and MongoDB API.
Async/await makes it easy to integrate asynchronous behavior with imperative constructs like for loops, if statements, and try/catch blocks. Unfortunately, it doesn't do the same for functional constructs like
Firebase is a great tool for getting data from a server to a client. Firebase handles caching, retries, socket management, and all the other unpleasant details of getting data to a client with spotty internet connection. In particular, Firebase is excellent for mobile web and mobile apps. In this article, I'll walk you through using Firebase with Preact, a lightweight React alternative, to build a simple app with server-side rendering.