a new binary from npm
npx is definitely the most exciting new tool in my shell. I’ve been following along as Kat Marchán, npm CLI engineer and primary contributor for
npx, has been publishing gifs and screenshots on twitter. I had barely gotten an opportunity to experiment with the module before it was packaged and shipped with
firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s insanely useful, and you should read the great introduction on Medium. The post includes a few of the gifs showing
npx in action.
packages I like to use with For me,
npxworks best in two use cases:
- executing local module binaries without any hacky
- ‘one time’ scripts that you don’t want locally, but you always want up to date
- create-react-app: Create React apps with no build configuration.
- http-server: A simple zero-configuration command-line http server
- npm-check: Check for outdated, incorrect, and unused dependencies.
- fixpack: A package.json file scrubber for the truly insane.
Additionally, you might find that some packages are not great to use directly with
npx, but a tiny bit of shell scripting can really make your life easier. For instance, scaffolding up a new
next project can be an easy one-liner:
npx -p next next init && npm i
This replaces the need to:
npm init -y npm i next react react-dom next init # and now manually modify your package.json scripts
Finally, here is a community curated list of awesome
I’ve been interested in the dat project since I was first exposed to it, but it seems to have made some really big strides recently with great user facing tools. The features of the Beaker Browser combined with the new #_hashbase service are making it easy to get started crafting P2P sites. Here is an article introducing Hashbase.
interesting npm modules
⚛️📄🚀 Blazing-fast static site generator for React
I have not built anything for production with this yet, but they have just shipped an official
@1.2.0 at the time of this writing).
⚡️ The Next Generation of CSS-in-JS
A searchable history cli
I like using this as an alias: