Better tools for debugging Node.js

Debugging – the process of finding and fixing defects in software – can be a challenging task to do in all languages. Node.js is no exception. Luckily, the tooling for finding these issues improved a lot in the past period. Let’s take a look at what options you have to find and fix bugs in…

I am at the level with Node.JS that I no longer “Suck at it” but I am still learning every time I use it.  One of the areas I struggled with was debugging, which was much different and difficult than my .NET and PHP days.  It seems like open source meant that you were on your own for debugging.

Special thanks to Gergely for his article on just the topic of Node.js debugging.

pino.pngOne of the takeaways in the article is Pino is an extremely fast Node.js logger, inspired by bunyan. In many cases, pino is over 6x faster than alternatives like bunyan or winston
I had tried Winston as it was recommended by one of my programmer gods.  I was not worthy because I couldn’t understand it.  I have high hopes for Pino.

I use Microsoft VS Code editor as my editor and my IDE for almost everything including PowerShell, Bash, JavaScript, SQL, Node.js, ADCIIDoctor, and more.  I was glad to see a section in this article on how to better use MS Code with Node.js

via How to Debug Node.js with the Best Tools Available — RisingStack Engineering

SQL or NoSQL what a tangled web we’ve weaved


Back in the days time four, I was a hierarchal database specialist.  Anyone remember hierarchal, flat files or indexed sequential access (ISAM)?  When relational DBMS took off, back in days times two, I became a relational convert and preached the benefits of SQL in all of it’s English like glory.  Then I suffered through DDL hell and mapping madness, but I stayed true to the cause.  Well,  now I’m a Not Only SQL (NoSQL) first level apprentice and speak the Mongo and Hadoop chapters of the Database bible.  What’s worse is that I’m a flip-flopper between the relational and document worlds.  What I’ve learned is you don’t have to pick the Right side or the Left side, you will end up eating both sides eventually.

Take some time to learn the NoSQL side of the database house.  Install Mongo on your system, get a few sample NoSQL databases,  use the Mongo command line just to learn some of the syntax.  There are a ton of YouTube videos and Udemy courses on this stuff.  Once you’ve created your first table (Document) without the Create Table… you might like it.  Mikey did, he likes everything.

This article from Lisa Vass is a good introduction as to why and when you should choose.  It’s not surprising that relational databases are not doing as much of the lifting as they have in the past.