World’s Fastest Growing Open Source Platform Pushes Out New Release
New “Current” version line focuses on performance improvements, increased reliability and better security for its 3.5 million users
SAN FRANCISCO, April, 26, 2016 — The Node.js Foundation, a community-led and industry-backed consortium to advance the development of the Node.js platform, today announced the release of Node.js version 6 (Node.js v6). This release provides major performance improvements, increased reliability and better security.
Security is top-of-mind for enterprises and startups alike, and Node.js v6 has added several features that impact security, making it easier to write secure code. The new Buffer API will reduce the risk of bugs and vulnerabilities leaking into applications through a new constructor method used to create Buffer instances, as well as a zero-fill-buffers command-line flag. Using the new command line flag, developers can continue to safely use older modules that have not been updated to use the new constructor API. In addition, V8 has improved their implementation of Math.random() to be more secure — this feature is added into Node.js v6.
To increase reliability of Node.js, there has been increased documentation and testing done around Node.js v6 for enterprises that are using and looking to implement the platform.
Node.js release versioning follows the Semantic Versioning Specification, a specification for version numbers of software libraries similar to dependencies. Under the Node.js’ Long-Term Support (LTS), version 6 is now the “Current” release line while version 5 will be maintained for a few more months. In October 2016, Node.js v6 will become the LTS release and the LTS release line (version 4) will go under maintenance mode in April 2017, meaning only critical bugs, critical security fixes and documentation updates will be permitted. Users should begin transitioning from v4 to v6 in October when v6 goes into LTS.
About Node.js Foundation Node.js is used by tens of thousands of organizations in more than 200 countries and amasses more than 3.5 million active users per month. It is the runtime of choice for high-performance, low latency applications, powering everything from enterprise applications, robots, API engines, cloud stacks and mobile websites.
The Foundation is made up of a diverse group of companies including Platinum members Famous, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Microsoft, PayPal and Red Hat. Gold members include GoDaddy, NodeSource and Modulus/Progress Software, and Silver members include Apigee, AppDynamics, Codefresh, DigitalOcean, Fidelity, Google, Groupon, nearForm, New Relic, npm, Opbeat, RisingStack, Sauce Labs, SAP, StrongLoop (an IBM company), Sphinx, YLD!, and Yahoo!. Get involved here: https://nodejs.org.