Weekly Update - Aug 28th, 2015

Yosuke Furukawa (@yosuke-furukawa)

io.js and Node.js News — August 28th

io.js v3.2.0/v3.3.0 and Node v4 evangelism, nodejs.org, nodefest/empirenode event.

io.js 3.2 and 3.3 Releases

This week we have two io.js releases: v3.2.0 and v3.3.0, complete changelog from previous releases can be found on GitHub.

io.js v3.3.0 Notable changes

  • build: Add a --link-module option to configure that can be used to bundle additional JavaScript modules into a built binary (Bradley Meck) #2497
  • docs: Merge outstanding doc updates from joyent/node (James M Snell) #2378
  • http_parser: Significant performance improvement by having http.Server consume all initial data from its net.Socket and parsing directly without having to enter JavaScript. Any 'data' listeners on the net.Socket will result in the data being "unconsumed" into JavaScript, thereby undoing any performance gains. (Fedor Indutny) #2355
  • libuv: Upgrade to 1.7.3 (from 1.6.1), see ChangeLog for details (Saúl Ibarra Corretgé) #2310
  • V8: Upgrade to (from (Michaël Zasso) #2482

io.js v3.2.0 Notable changes

  • events: Added EventEmitter#listenerCount(event) as a replacement for EventEmitter.listenerCount(emitter, event), which has now been marked as deprecated in the docs. (Sakthipriyan Vairamani) #2349
  • module: Fixed an error with preloaded modules when the current working directory doesn't exist. (Bradley Meck) #2353
  • node: Startup time is now about 5% faster when not passing V8 flags. (Evan Lucas) #2483
  • repl: Tab-completion now works better with arrays. (James M Snell) #2409
  • string_bytes: Fixed an unaligned write in the handling of UCS2 encoding. (Fedor Indutny) #2480
  • tls: Added a new --tls-cipher-list flag that can be used to override the built-in default cipher list. (James M Snell) #2412 Note: it is suggested you use the built-in cipher list as it has been carefully selected to reflect current security best practices and risk mitigation.

Known issues

See https://github.com/nodejs/node/labels/confirmed-bug for complete and current list of known issues.

  • Some uses of computed object shorthand properties are not handled correctly by the current version of V8. e.g. [{ [prop]: val }] evaluates to [{}]. #2507
  • Some problems with unreferenced timers running during beforeExit are still to be resolved. See #1264.
  • Surrogate pair in REPL can freeze terminal. #690
  • process.send() is not synchronous as the docs suggest, a regression introduced in 1.0.2, see #760.
  • Calling dns.setServers() while a DNS query is in progress can cause the process to crash on a failed assertion. #894
  • url.resolve may transfer the auth portion of the url when resolving between two full hosts, see #1435.

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