Weekly Update - Aug 21st, 2015

Yosuke Furukawa (@yosuke-furukawa)

io.js and Node.js News — August 21st

io.js v3.1.0 and the v0.12 LTS plan, ARM build, nodeday event.

io.js v3.1.0 Release

Notable changes

  • buffer: Fixed a couple large memory leaks (Ben Noordhuis) #2352.
  • crypto:
    • Fixed a couple of minor memory leaks (Karl Skomski) #2375.
    • Signing now checks for OpenSSL errors (P.S.V.R) #2342. Note that this may expose previously hidden errors in user code.
  • intl: Intl support using small-icu is now enabled by default in builds (Steven R. Loomis) #2264.
    • String#normalize() can now be used for unicode normalization.
    • The Intl object and various String and Number methods are present, but only support the English locale.
    • For support of all locales, node must be built with full-icu.
  • tls: Fixed tls throughput being much lower after an incorrect merge (Fedor Indutny) #2381.
  • tools: The v8 tick processor now comes bundled with node (Matt Loring) #2090.
    • This can be used by producing performance profiling output by running node with --perf, then running your appropriate platform's script on the output as found in tools/v8-prof.
  • util: util.inspect(obj) now prints the constructor name of the object if there is one (Christopher Monsanto) #1935.

Known issues

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

  • 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.

Node.js v0.12 LTS plan has been shortened

  • Node.js v0.12 LTS plan has been shortened to end at the end of 2016, because OpenSSL 1.0.1 LTS is scheduled until the end of 2016. The detail is here.

Community Updates

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Upcoming Events

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  • NodeConf EU tickets are on sale, September 6th - 9th at Waterford, Ireland
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  • JSConf CO, October 16th - 17th at Ruta N, Medellin
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