With over 3.5 million users Node.js continues to improve its popular universal platform. The Node.js foundation has made multiple improvements for their base users and are positioning themselves for greater adoption in enterprise environments.
- Performance - Loads modules four times faster than version 4, further decreasing startup time for large applications.
- Improved ECMAScript support - 93% of ES6 features are supported in the version 6 release, including: default and rest parameters, destructuring, class and super keywords.
- Security - Reduces the risks of bugs and vulnerabilities with the addition of the new Buffer API. The addition of the new command line flag means backwards compatibility with older modules that have not been updated.
- Documentation - Expanded along with testing around v6 for wider enterprise adoption.
Version 6 is now the new “Current” release, while version 5 will be maintained for a few months. Going forward in October v6 will become the new LTS release and v4 will transition to maintenance mode in April 2017.
Looking for more information? Read the official announcement here.