Amidst the fast-changing landscape of the Internet of Things (IoT), the world’s fastest growing open source platform Node.js launched a major update that will enhance its security, reliability and performance for IoT-related solutions.
News of the update came from the Node.js Foundation, an industry-backed, community-led consortium that developed the open source platform. It announced the release of version 6 of Node.js, a universal platform that is used for IoT, microservice architectures, mobile, web applications and enterprise application development.
The Foundation’s diverse member base includes such companies as: Google, SAP, GoDaddy, Fidelity, Groupon, Yahoo! and NodeSource.
Node.js v6 key upgrade is 4x performance
Meanwhile, security received upgrading as well, with several new features that make it easier to write secure code for Node.js V6. Its new Buffer API helps cut the risk of vulnerabilities and bugs filtering into applications through a new constructor method for creating Buffer instances. And other enhancements allow developers to use older modules safely that have not been updated for use with the new constructor.
Lastly, reliability has been boosted by a focus on increased testing and documentation for Node.js v6, which assists companies that are currently using the platform or are exploring the possibility in the future.