Upgrading a project's NodeJS version from 8.11 to 18.7 was a monumental task that greatly impacted the entire project. To prevent similar issues in the future, it is important to regularly maintain the libraries and the underlying NodeJS engine used.
Regular checking of packages
Staying on top of updates is key for a successful project. That's why I use the dynamic 'node-modules-browser' tool to compare my installed library versions to the latest ones. With its user-friendly HTML report and comprehensive library documentation, I'm always up-to-date and ready to tackle any challenge that comes my way.
Keeping packages updated
I streamline package updates with the handy npx command
npm-check-updates -u --enginesNode. This command ensures that my libraries are compatible with the specified node version listed in my npmrc file. It's a quick and easy way to keep my packages up-to-date and ready for action.
Testing your application
Regular maintenance only ensures that libraries and the NodeJS engine are updated and not using outdated versions. End-to-end testing is still necessary to fully verify the effectiveness of the upgrade, as with any other task.
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