IBM SDK for Node.js – z/OS Version 8 now available!

The latest release of IBM SDK for Node.js – z/OS brings many significant improvements to the z/OS JavaScript community, including increased performance, security and best of all with a zero license charge!

V8 highlights include: 

  • Updated npm 6.4.1 (Node.js package manager), which includes standardized lockfiles for cross-package-manager compatibility and automatic saving of newly installed packages without explicitly adding the –save flag 
  • N-API provides an ABI-stable abstraction over native JavaScript APIs, ensuring smooth migration of native add-ons modules across Node.js major releases
  • Previously the C++ compiler included with Node.js – z/OS could only compile C++ add-ons in EBCDIC format. New in version 8, you can now compile ASCII format which is the most popular format for external npm modules
  • The experimental async/await, which is a modern approach that allows you to write asynchronous code that looks like synchronous code 
  • In Node v8, the buffer module is initialized to zeros providing better security against potential vulnerabilities
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    Why Node.js? 
    Simplicity: JavaScript is simple, powerful & lightweight with support for full stack development. Node.js encourages agile practices with modular development and an ecosystem of over one million npm packages. It requires less written code, therefore fewer bugs, more streamlined testing and quicker delivery of Node.js applications.


    Why Node.js on Z?

    By deploying Node.js applications on IBM Z, clients gain all the strengths, security and reliability of the mainframe. IBM SDK for Node.js – z/OS can take advantage of the co-location of your data and existing applications on IBM Z to significantly increase throughput and reduce response time. Easily and securely orchestrate APIs while controlling which data will be exposed, and keeping all confidential data secure inside the Z platform. 
     
    IBM uses IBM SDK for Node.js – z/OS too! The success of IBM co-founded product Zowe, a set of modern, cloud-like interfaces to interact with z/OS, relies on SDK for Node.js – z/OS for its web back end interface. 
     
    IBM SDK for Node.js – z/OS has a zero license charge, IBM Software Subscription and Support (S&S) is optional. For more information on how to order and download IBM SDK for Node.js-z/OS Learn More.

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