Node Package Manager (or NPM) has expanded to ridiculous proportions in the year 2019. There are thousands upon thousands of packages available to developers. So how do you know which ones to choose? The answer to that question varies greatly project by project. However, there are certain packages that nearly every app can benefit from. Today, we take a look at 5 essential NPM packages for 2019.
Express.js, or just Express, is an extremely popular framework used with Node.js. Express allows you to build APIs and web applications. It is known as the standard framework for Node.js. Using this module will take a lot of the headaches out of routing. Finally, it will also allow you to easily respond to different HTTP requests that are specified via URLs within your app.
Body-parser is a critical package for applications taking HTTP requests. It streamlines parsing requests sent to your app. Easily parse and process body data from these requests. It supports JSON, raw body, text body, and URL-encoded formats.
Request is simplest way to make HTTP calls. For apps utilizing an external API, request is an excellent choice to simplify the process. Moreover, it comes with some advanced features, such as promises, streaming responses, and authentication.
Webpack is a module bundler available via NPM. It takes modules with dependencies and generates static assets representing those modules. Therefore, Webpack helps to remove certain headaches while web developing. For example, worrying about script order execution. Further, it differentiates between development and production environments. This helps to ensure production runs as fast as possible with minifying.
These packages are some of the most depended and downloaded from NPM. What are the packages you can’t develop without? Feel free to let us know in the comments.
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