Ibby Bitty Site Released

New tool allows to convert whole website to a sing URL line
09 July 2018   1108

Nicholas Jitkoff, vice president of design for Dropbox, developed the Itty bitty site technology, which allows you to create web pages that are stored inside their own URL in an encoded form.

Development allows you to create single-page mini-sites. On the page, you can place text, ASCII characters and emoji in any combination. The peculiarity of the technology is that all the content is contained in the hyperlink, and hosting on the server is not required. The content of the page is encoded using the LZMA compression algorithm in a string of characters, which is appended at the end of the URL. In fact, the link is an archived site.

The developer claims that Itty bitty site provides a high degree of privacy. The content of the page is not stored on the server, and therefore no access even to the administrator. Moreover, most browsers will handle the link locally.

The maximum size of the URL depends on the capabilities of the service. Twitter or Slack can process up to 4,000 bytes, and the version of Chrome for Mac will cope with 10,000. It is possible to convert the link into a QR-code, provided its size does not exceed 2,610 bytes.

Jitkoff posted the source code for development on GitHub. The author offers several options for the practical application of Itty bitty site: to overcome the limitation of the number of characters in tweets, for placement on pages of ASCII graphics, small poems and even for application creation.

Node.js v12.0.0 to be Rolled Out

It has giant list of updates, improvements and changes
24 April 2019   98

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.