Clarity Beta Released

According to the creators, the tool will allow website owners to understand the causes of user behavior better
13 December 2018   980

Microsoft put Clarity, a web analytics tool, into beta. It is used by the developers of the search engine Bing, so the functionality should be similar to Yandex.Metrica and Google Analytics. Unlike these systems, the Clarity library is distributed freely and hosted on GitHub.

According to the creators, the tool will allow you to understand the causes of user behavior better. Clarity collects telemetry from the site and helps to see how users interact with it, what bugs and difficulties they face, why they leave. This will allow you to understand where to tweak the code and what generally needs to be changed to improve the user experience.

The developers gave an example of how Clarity was used to analyze strange activity on the Bing homepage. It turned out that the cause was malicious code that modified the page, interfered with the normal interaction with the site and extended the download. Clarity helped develop protection against changing search engine pages, which ultimately improved its business performance.

Clarity records user sessions for further viewing and analysis. Sessions can be filtered by date, duration, browser, OS, device type and activity.

When viewing a session, you can track the movement of the mouse pointer, the number and location of clicks, page load time, the number of network requests and JavaScript errors and other parameters. It is possible to create session logs in JSON format and send to the specified address.

Due to the fact that the tool is still in beta testing, to use it, you need to send a request with information about the connected site. From requests waiting list is being formed. Developers will notify applicants about the use of Clarity.

Node.js v12.0.0 to be Rolled Out

It has giant list of updates, improvements and changes
24 April 2019   548

The release of Node.js 12.0.0, a platform for executing network applications in JavaScript, is available. Node.js 12.0 refers to branches with a long period of support, but this status will be assigned only in October, after stabilization. Updates for LTS branches are issued for 3 years. Support for the last LTS branch of Node.js 10.0 will last until April 2021, and the year before last LTS-branch 8.0 until January 2020. Support for the intermediate branch Node.js 11.0 will be discontinued in June 2019. The lifetime of the LTS branch 6.0 will end on April 30.

These are some of the large list of updates and new staff:

  • V8 engine was updated to version 7.4 with support for asynchronous stack traces, increasing await performance, parsing JavaScript and calls when the actual and declared number of arguments does not match;
  • TLS 1.3 is now supported in the tls module and TLS 1.0 / 1.1 is shutdown by default;
  • Enhancing protection and checks on the size of allocated memory in the Buffer class;

Get more info at official website.