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It's the notion of tidiness!

Keep your JavaScript command-line tools neat and clean with Notion

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
JavaScript
© Shutterstock / Chutima Chaochaiya  

Notion is here to teach you about tidy code! This JavaScript toolchain manager keeps your command-line tools neat. Let’s have a look.

If you are looking for ways to always see your projects build and run in a consistent environment, then you’re in luck!

Notion is a JavaScript toolchain manager that is built to manage your JavaScript command-line tools, such as node, npm, yarn, or executables shipped as part of JavaScript packages.

Let’s take a closer look.

All the features

For technical info on Notion, make sure to check out the official guide.

But for now, let’s go over some of the most interesting features Notion brings to the JavaScript ecosystem.

  • Speed – No external dependencies, because it’s built in Rust as a single, fast native executable.
  • You never have to think about switching Node setups as you navigate between projects.
  • Cross-platform support, including Windows and all Unix shells.
  • Install your favorite package binaries as command-line tools, without worrying about them interfering with your development projects.
  • All your project’s collaborators can use Notion to be sure they’re always working with the right toolchain for the project. Once you check in the changes to package.json, your team will automatically get the right versions of all the relevant tools.
  • Stable tool installation – no reinstalling on every Node upgrade needed. Whenever you’re in a directory inside your project, Notion’s shims to Node executables (like node and npm) automatically switch to the right versions.
  • Extensibility hooks for site-specific customization.

Head over to the official documentation for further details on these features.

SEE MORE: RE:DOM is a tiny JavaScript library with a huge personality

Getting started

If you are eager to get started with Notion, you can install it on most Unix systems with a single command:

curl -sSLf https://get.notionjs.com | bash

Unfortunately, a Windows installer is not yet available but the team is working on it!

Check out the ‘getting started‘ guide for all the relevant information.

Author
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou is the editor for JAXenter.com. Coming from an academic background in East Asian Studies, she decided that it was time to go back to her high-school hobby that was computer science and she dived into the development world. Other hobbies include esports and League of Legends, although she never managed to escape elo hell (yet), and she is a guest writer/analyst for competitive LoL at TGH.

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