5 Left padding and go - a story about dependencies

divan.github.io posted by kenny 598 days ago  

You’ve probably heard that story about NPM community and LeftPad package, that broke thousands JavaScript projects worldwide. There was a nice follow-up article titled “Have We Forget How To Program” and one guy even created left-pad.io - Left-Pad As A Service web service. People got a lot of fun discussing this story. I personally find this story amazing, because there is no single point of failure, but rather a set of things and coincidences resulted in a disaster. Every person I spoke about left-pad story sees it through it’s own lens of concern. Some blame JS-community, some talks about how important vendoring is nowadays and others stands for absolutist views of the DRY principle.

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