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Adam talks with Isaac Schlueter and Charlie Robbins — Isaac is the creator of npm and maintainer of Node.js, and Charlie is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nodejitsu. We talk about the “crashyness” of npm recently and the community fundraiser they are starting to ask the community to support npm and to keep it running.
The npm Registry has had a 10x year. In November 2012 there were 13.5 million package downloads. In October 2013 there were 114.6 million package downloads. We’re honored to have been a part of sustaining this growth for the community and we want to see it continue to grow to a billion package downloads a month and beyond.
Recently the npm registry got “crashy.” Many were not able to install, publish, or otherwise write code on npm. That’s bad.
Nodejitsu is gracefully taking the blame, and have shared the technical details on the Node.js blog. Since May 2013, when they acquired IrisCouch, Nodejitsu has operated the npm registry for the community. They’ve also taken on considerable costs in the process.
We’re a startup. We run npm because we love node and we’re very well qualified for the job. But in the last year, npm has become a giant beast of a project. We run it lean, both from an engineering and hardware perspective, because it’s just too expensive to do otherwise.
We wondered, how could we possibly get the money for the hardware and engineers to do this the right way and keep it free for the community?
You should also read the Flynn roadmap to see where they’re going and learn about their upcoming fundraising needs.
We’re asking for an additional $350,000 for 2014 to support the existing team for the year and possibly bring in a few additional developers. Based on the results of our first campaign, we are focusing on companies who can contribute on a monthly recurring basis, but of course all types and amounts are appreciated.
Even Facebook Open Source stands upon the shoulders of giants. The Facebook Database Engineering Team just releasedRocksDB, a persistent key-value store for flash storage, based on LevelDB by Sanjay Ghemawat and Jeff Dean at Google.
RocksDB builds on LevelDB to be scalable to run on servers with many CPU cores, to efficiently use fast storage, to support IO-bound, in-memory and write-once workloads, and to be flexible to allow for innovation.
A year ago, we were software developers venturing into the world of hardware. Not surprisingly, we encountered difficulty as we integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) into our product. At that time, existing BLE modules were confusing to integrate and didn’t meet our requirements. So we decided to build our own.
Foundation 5ships next week and it’s all about speed. It’s faster to learn, faster to code, and it’s going to be faster for your users.
If Foundation 5, along with other responsive frameworks, can help speed up education for this style of design, we’re making serious progress. This will speed up development for small and large businesses and help users get better tailored, readily available, and better designed sites — which sounds like a win to us. #
Balanced is the white-label payments API behind many of today’s most innovative eCommerce companies like redditgifts, Crowdtilt, Gittip, and hundreds more. Their API provides payment processing, escrow, and ACH payouts in one simple REST API.
Andrew and Adam talk with Caolan McMahon from Hoodie to talk about very fast web development where you can build complete web apps in days, without having to worry about backends, databases or servers (with Hoodie). We discuss noBackend and the idea behind offline first.
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For the last 11 weeks we’ve been publishing The Changelog Weekly — our weekly email covering everything that hits our open source radar. This post is the first of many Top 50 List of Links summarized from the past 10 issues. Enjoy!
Andrew and Adam talk with Lee Hambley about some serious subjects such as Capistrano 3.0/2.0, open source burnout, various conversations around deploying, Ruby, respect, handing over the reigns and more.
If you hack on open source or run an open source project, you should listen to this episode.
Adam and Andrew talk with Justine Arreche a Designer at Travis CI and Sebastian Gräßl a Freelance Developer. Together, they’re the creators of Open Karma, a tool to help bridge the gap between developers and designers in open source (they’re bringing some design love to OSS).
When we launched Stripe Shop, a lot of people asked us to open source it so they could build their own single-page stores. We’ve just released the code on Github; please feel free to borrow any parts you find useful!
If you’re bewildered by the large number of OSS license choices, GitHub wants to help you choose the right license for your source code.
This site is not a comprehensive directory of open source licenses. We think there are too many options, which adds to the confusion. On the homepage, we break it down into just three licenses. The vast majority of projects will likely be fine choosing from one of these three. #
For weeks they pestered me about paying for my contributions. Each time I replied that I wasn’t motivated by money; I contributed because I believed in Balanced and wanted to see it grow and succeed. They were relentless though, so I asked if I could just have a Balanced t-shirt. They sent me four.
If you haven’t checked out D3.js yet to create your data-driven documents, Dimple might be a good reason to do so. John shows off simple examples as well as advanced examples that go beyond standard functionality with Dimple.
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