Why the creator of Node.js® created a new JavaScript runtime

The Stack Overflow Podcast

Ryan Dahl, creator of Node.js and Deno, tells us about his journey into software development and the creation of Node.js. He explains why he started Deno, a new JavaScript runtime. Ryan also introduces JSR, an alternative to NPM, and emphasizes the importance of security in the JavaScript ecosystem. Plus: Thoughts on the future of JavaScript, including the role of TypeScript and bridging the gap between server-side and browser JavaScript.

Node.js® is an open-source JavaScript runtime environment.

Deno is an open-source JavaScript, TypeScript, and WebAssembly runtime. Explore the quick start or check out Deno by example, a collection of annotated examples of how to use Deno.

JSR is an open-source package registry for JavaScript and TypeScript.

Keep up to date with Ryan on GitHub or his blog.

Shoutout to Stack Overflow user Squadrons, who earned a Great Question badge by asking for a Pure javascript method to wrap content in a div.


00:00: Introduction and Background

01:08: Creating Node.js

05:00: JavaScript on the Server Side

07:23: Impact of Node.js

09:18: Edge Function System

12:13: Protecting Against Malicious Use

16:02: JSR: Alternative to NPM

31:01: JSR and its Stage

34:20: Future of JavaScript

36:19: Closing and Shoutouts

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