The team is also very active in the v8 upstream that Node.js depends on, keeping V8 running on PPC and s390 architectures which is a big portion of the team’s overall work.
Supporting our Customers
While we do spend a lot of our time on community work, we also work on a number of key initiatives for Red Hat as well. This past year saw our team ship a wide range of assets and content.
Red Hat build of Node.js
The Node.js team works closely with the RHEL team that ships the Red Hat build of Node.js. This year we continued to investigate and resolve issues raised by our customers, including investigating and fixing issues in the community Node.js project so that we minimize the differences between the community Node.js releases and the Red Hat build of Node.js.
Tested and Verified
We would like to specifically call out that opossum saw multiple community contributions that either enhanced the library or fixed bugs. The list of releases can be found here. Thanks to those community members that contributed their time and effort
Node.js Reference Architecture
The Node.js Reference Architecture was again a major focus for our team last year, working to gather and document the experience from across Red Hat and IBM based on our real-world Node.js developments and expertise. This is a key resource for our customers so they can leverage the experience across Red Hat and IBM when it comes to building and operating Node.js applications.
A major goal that we had for last year was to “complete” all the sections of our first phase. I’m pleased to announce that we were able to accomplish this goal. Not only did we complete all the sections of the Node.js Reference Architecture, we also wrapped up our multi-part blog series. The final wrap-up post can be found here
We have also started our next phase, a reference architecture for the web. This is just beginning so keep a look out for new content this year
Most Red Hat customers will be familiar with S2i, but there are other ways to bundle Node.js applications into containers. In the past year the Node.js team worked to add support for UBI base images into the Paketo buildpacks with the result being an experimental Paketo builder (builder-ubi-base) that supports Node.js (and Java) with UBI base images. If you use buildpacks to create your Node.js applications please try it out and let us know if you have any feedback.
This past year saw a variety of new blog content published to not only the Red Hat Developer site, but we also introduced a new “Introduction to Node.js” learning path on both the Kubernetes by Example and OpenShift interactive lesson platforms. A goal for this year is to publish a follow-on learning path related to monitoring and metrics for Node.js applications.
If that wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve also published a new and improved Node.js topic page on the Red Hat Developers
Similar to last year, the team was back to presenting talks, workshops and assisting at booths. While members of the team attended the “Big” conferences, such as Nodeconf.EU and both JS World Summits(North America and EU), we were also at the Open Source and Finance Forum(FINOS).
The team also attended and participated in multiple Node.js community collaborator summits that were co-located with Nodeconf and JS World.
See the following articles covering our participation at these conferences:
- Red Hat Node.js team experience at OpenJS World and Open Source Summit North America 2023
- Red Hat Node.js team experience at OpenJS World and Open Source Summit Europe 2023
- Open Source in Finance Forum 30 second wrap up | Red Hat Developer
- NodeConf EU 2023 Wrap up - 30 second Red Hat perspective
Looking forward to 2024
In 2024, we’ll continue to be active in the community, supporting the planned new major releases of Node.js 22 and 23. We’ll also be continuing to develop our Web Reference Architecture and much more.
Happy new year from the Node.js team at Red Hat!