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🎉 Deno: 1.0: A Review of Features [We're Going Live] by@olivier
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🎉 Deno: 1.0: A Review of Features [We're Going Live]

by OlivierJune 12th, 2020
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Deno aims to provide a productive and secure scripting environment for the modern programmer. It is built on top of V8, Rust, and TypeScript and uses Tokio under the hood. The API has been officially frozen and the launch of the 1.0 release is scheduled on May 13. It addresses the design flaws that Ryan Dahl talked about in his talk at the JSConf 2018 "10 Things I Regret About Node.js" Deno was born with a new idea named [Deno](https://deno.land/):

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🤠 Introduction

It all started 2 years ago, Ryan Dahl, the creator of Node.js gave a talk at the JSConf 2018 "10 Things I Regret About Node.js"

It was actually 7 things 🙃he regrets about Node.js:

1. Not sticking with Promises: he added them in June 2009 but removed them in February 2010, with Promises in Node.js, It could have sped up the delivery of a standard on async/await

2. Security: Node process has wide access including system calls, network, disk I/O

3. The build system: You need GYP for compiling native C library and link it to Node.js modules, Chrome used to use GYB but now Node is the sole user

4. package.json: it includes unnecessary information such as LICENCES and repository - also it uses a centralized repository for modules

5. node_modules: maybe the worse for him, resolution is complex, folder size is frequently huge...

6. require without extension: the module load has to guess the extension and this is not how browser works

7. index.js: it complicates the module loading system


🌈 Deno was born

With all the things learned by building Node.js, Ryan came up with a new idea named [Deno](https://deno.land/):

A secure runtime for JavaScript and TypeScript.
Deno aims to provide a productive and secure scripting environment for the modern programmer.

It is built on top of V8, Rust, and TypeScript. Instead of using C++ as in Node.js, It's built on top of Rust and It uses Tokio under the hood.It brings many of the best open-source technologies together.


🎉 Deno 1.0 - Release scheduled on May 13

So after almost 2 years, the API has been officially frozen and the launch of the 1.0 is scheduled on May 13. It addresses the design flaws that Ryan talked about in his lecture.


Getting started 🙌

To install Deno, here are the instructions:


Using Shell:

bashcurl -fsSL https://deno.land/x/install/install.sh | sh

Or using PowerShell:

iwr https://deno.land/x/install/install.ps1 -useb | iex

Using Homebrew (macOS or Linux):

brew install deno

Using Chocolatey (Windows):

choco install deno

See deno_install for more installation options.


What's in the 1.0 release ? 👀

Deno 1.0 comes fully loaded with many useful features for modern development. In the following section we are going to cover all the greatest features coming in the new release.


Supports TypeScript out of the box

Well, everything is in the title. You can also bring your own

tsconfig.json
by using the following command:
deno run -c tsconfig.json [program.ts]


Security by design


Programs run with no permissions by default and if the code needs permissions will be alerted. You need to use command-line options to tell Deno what permissions the program needs.

By running

deno run -h
you will see the full list of permissions.


ECMAScript modules built-in

Deno does not support

require(),
It uses ES Modules:
import * as log from "https://deno.land/std/log/mod.ts";

The package management is super simple, just provide the URL of what you want to use. As the URL may change, for security purposes, by using a lock file (using the --lock command line flag) you can ensure you're running the code you expect to be.


Super simple package management


Deno does not use npm. It uses modules referenced as URLs or file paths:

import { serve } from "https://deno.land/[email protected]/http/server.ts";

const s = serve({ port: 8000 });

for await (const req of s) {
  req.respond({ body: "Hello World\n" });
}

You can specify version of the package in directly in the URL. For example

https://deno.land/[email protected]/http/server.ts
. Also, Deno offers a built-in dependency inspector (
deno info
).


Use `deps.ts` instead of `package.json`

The Deno convention for dependency management is using a unique file called

deps.ts
for storing all the dependency. For example, we can look at the
deps.ts
of oak, the popular middleware framework for Deno's http server inspired by Koa:

// Copyright 2018-2020 the oak authors. All rights reserved. MIT license.

// This file contains the external dependencies that oak depends upon

export {
  HTTPOptions,
  HTTPSOptions,
  Response,
  serve,
  Server,
  ServerRequest,
  serveTLS,
} from "https://deno.land/[email protected]/http/server.ts";
export {
  Status,
  STATUS_TEXT,
} from "https://deno.land/[email protected]/http/http_status.ts";
export {
  Cookies,
  Cookie,
  setCookie,
  getCookies,
  delCookie,
} from "https://deno.land/[email protected]/http/cookie.ts";
export {
  basename,
  extname,
  join,
  isAbsolute,
  normalize,
  parse,
  resolve,
  sep,
} from "https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/mod.ts";
export { HmacSha256 } from "https://deno.land/[email protected]/util/sha256.ts";
export { assert } from "https://deno.land/[email protected]/testing/asserts.ts";
export {
  contentType,
  lookup,
} from "https://deno.land/x/[email protected]/mod.ts";

(Source: https://github.com/oakserver/oak/blob/master/deps.ts)


JSDoc built-in with
deno doc

We strive for complete documentation. Deno has JSDoc built-in so you can use write JSDoc comments in files.

Test runner with
Deno.test()

std/testing/asserts.ts
module provides range of assertion helpers:

  • equal()
  • assert()
  • assertEquals()
  • assertNotEquals()
  • assertStrictEq()
  • assertStrContains()
  • assertMatch()
  • assertArrayContains()
  • assertThrows()
  • assertThrowsAsync()
  • unimplemented()
  • unreachable()

    For example:
import { assertEquals } from "https://deno.land/std/testing/asserts.ts";

Deno.test({
  name: "testing example",
  fn(): void {
    assertEquals("world", "world");
    assertEquals({ hello: "world" }, { hello: "world" });
  },
});

(Source: https://github.com/denoland/deno/tree/master/std/testing)


Run

deno test file.spec.ts
:

Compile file.spec.ts
Download https://deno.land/std/testing/asserts.ts
Download https://deno.land/std/fmt/colors.ts
Download https://deno.land/std/testing/diff.ts
running 1 tests
test testing example ... ok (9ms)

test result: ok. 1 passed; 0 failed; 0 ignored; 0 measured; 0 filtered out (9ms)

Formatting with
deno fmt <files>

It is provided by dprint, an alternative to the famour Prettier.

Compiling and bundling with
deno bundle

It is currently marked as unstable. So use it at your own risk.

Debugger
deno run -A --inspect-brk fileToDebug.ts

With this you can open the Chrome debugger (

chrome://inspect
) and start inspect the process!

Reviewed (audited) Standard library

The standard library is garanteed to work with Deno, they do not have external dependencies and they are reviewed by the Deno core team. Modules are tagged in accordance with Deno releases, so version v0.4.0 of a standard library is garanteed to work with Deno v0.4.0.


List of modules:

Example: Build a simple HTTP Server using Deno 🚀`

import { Application } from "https://deno.land/x/oak/mod.ts";

const app = new Application();

// Logger
app.use(async (ctx, next) => {
  await next();
  const rt = ctx.response.headers.get("X-Response-Time");
  console.log(`${ctx.request.method} ${ctx.request.url} - ${rt}`);
});


// Hello World!
app.use((ctx) => {
  ctx.response.body = "Hello World!";
});

await app.listen({ port: 8000 });

Let's run it using

deno server.ts
:

Compile file:///.../server.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/mod.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/application.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/context.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/cookies.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/httpError.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/middleware.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/request.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/response.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/router.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/send.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/types.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/deps.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/keyStack.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/tssCompare.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/http/server.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/http/http_status.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/http/cookie.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/mod.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/util/sha256.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/testing/asserts.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/[email protected]/mod.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/encoding/utf8.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/io/bufio.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/util/async.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/http/io.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/io/util.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/win32.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/posix.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/constants.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/common.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/constants.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/interface.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/glob.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/globrex.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/utils.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/fmt/colors.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/testing/diff.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/textproto/mod.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/bytes/mod.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/datetime/mod.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/[email protected]/db.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/[email protected]/deps.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/mod.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/win32.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/posix.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/constants.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/common.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/constants.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/interface.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/glob.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/globrex.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/path/utils.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/testing/asserts.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/fmt/colors.ts
Download https://deno.land/[email protected]/testing/diff.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/encoding.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/isMediaType.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/mediaType.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/mediaTyper.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/util.ts
Download https://deno.land/x/oak/pathToRegExp.ts
error: Uncaught PermissionDenied: network access to "127.0.0.1:8000", run again with the --allow-net flag
    at unwrapResponse ($deno$/ops/dispatch_json.ts:43:11)
    at Object.sendSync ($deno$/ops/dispatch_json.ts:72:10)
    at Object.listen ($deno$/ops/net.ts:51:10)
    at listen ($deno$/net.ts:164:18)
    at Application.serve (server.ts:261:20)
    at Application.listen (application.ts:106:31)
    at server.ts:18:11

Let's add the missing permission

deno --allow-net server.ts
:

$ curl http://127.0.0.1:8000
Hello World!

You are now ready for the upcoming release of Deno 1.0 - Stay tuned 😍 Please leave me comment if you've liked this article! You can also follow me on Twitter @loverdeolivier 🙌

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