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Package Managers (npm, Yarn)

Package Managers (npm, Yarn)


We've covered module bundlers, and now we're diving into package managers - the tools that make it easy to find, install, and manage code and libraries.

What is a Package Manager ?

A package manager is a tool that helps you manage software packages (dependencies) for your projects. Package managers track the versions of your dependencies and make it easy to update them.

Understanding Package.json

package.json is the heart of your project's dependencies. It contains information about your project, its dependencies, and their versions (dependencies, devDependencies, peerDependencies).

Installing Packages

To install a package, simply run npm install [package-name] or yarn add [package-name]. Package managers automatically download and install the package and its dependencies.

Local vs. Global Packages

Packages can be installed locally (specific to a project) or globally (available to all projects). Local packages are stored in node_modules, while global packages are installed in a central location.

Versioning and Dependency Management

Package managers help you manage dependencies and their versions. They handle dependency resolution, ensuring that your project always has the correct versions of its dependencies.

package-lock.json and npm-shrinkwrap.json

package-lock.json and npm-shrinkwrap.json lock down the exact versions of your dependencies, preventing unexpected changes in your project's behavior.

Publishing Packages

You can share your code and libraries by publishing them as packages on platforms like npm or Yarn. Publishing allows other developers to use and contribute to your work.

Private vs. Public Packages

Packages can be either public (available to everyone) or private (only accessible to authorized users). Private packages provide a way to share code within teams or organizations.

Yarn vs. npm

Yarn and npm are popular package managers. Yarn focuses on speed and offline usage, while npm offers a wider range of features. Choose the one that best suits your needs.

Advanced Usage: Scripts and Workspaces

Package managers allow you to define custom scripts in package.json for tasks like running tests, linting code, or building your project.

Integrating with CI/CD

Package managers can be integrated with continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) tools to automate the process of building, testing, and deploying your code.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Common issues include package conflicts, version mismatches, and dependency resolution errors. Package managers provide tools and documentation to help you resolve these issues.

Best Practices for Dependency Management

Follow best practices like using version ranges, leveraging lock files, and regularly updating dependencies to ensure a stable and maintainable project.

Next Up: Version Control Systems (Git)

Next, we'll explore version control systems like Git, which are essential for managing your code changes and collaborating with others.

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