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Jun 29, 2020 JavaScript, NPM, WTF

NPM is the primary package manager for the JavaScript programming language. It acts as both the registry and also provides command-line tooling. It is considered the world's largest software registry.

NPM serves both front-end code — JavaScript packages meant to be run in the browser – and back-end code — Node.js libraries.

While there appear to be alternatives to NPM, like Yarn, they typically are only providing the command-line tooling, but actually use NPM as the registry, or the source of the packages.

You can learn more about NPM on its website.

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