The newest member of the Node.js Foundation is a security company called Snyk. They fix and monitor known vulnerabilities in Node.js and Ruby on Rails projects. As a company that contributes greatly to the Node.js module ecosystem, its addition as a Foundation Silver member roster is a great step forward for the Node community.
Snyk provides tools to catch various problems in your code, problems that can put entire projects at risk. Although open source is a great way to share code and improve things, it can also lead to issues if the code hasn’t been vetted, or at least create a high risk because of the many dependencies used today. Snyk give the tools necessary to monitor your Node packages and fix any issues you might encounter. Basically, a great company to align with the goals of the Node.js Foundation, to grow node.js as a technology.
As the end of the year draws near, it’s also a right time to look at all the things that the Foundation accomplished, not just this year, but since its inception. It’s been barely a year and a half since the Foundation was founded and Snyk’s addition is just one of many other accomplishments.
Its role was to accelerate the development of node.js and support the growing ecosystem through a managing system resembling open source, marked by transparence and community sharing. Membership of the Foundation grew by 30%, a staggering figure if you take into account the timeline, its members being both large corporation and also smaller ventures like Snyk.
Node.js has truly exploded these past couple of years and the Foundation’s evolution not only matches that trend, but also contributed to it. The number of new contributors doubled compared to 2015 which is fabulous and critical to sustain and grow any open source project.
The Node Foundation also launched, during the second Node.js Interactive North America, its second user survey. You can complete it here, it will remain open until the end of the month. This survey it’s a bit more complex than the last one, offering more information on how developers learn node.js, what are they using it for and how do they mix and match it with other technologies.