Trivial pursuit

How well do you know your npm trivia?

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It’s time for another programming pub quiz! This week, we’re testing your knowledge about npm. Do you know everything there is to know about this package manager for Node.js and other JavaScript projects?

It’s time for another pub quiz. Today, we’re testing your knowledge of npm trivia! npm is a popular online repo for open source JavaScript projects that also has a CLI for managing these projects.

We got a little help from the npm team on this week’s quiz!


1. What’s npm’s mascot?

a)  Bear

b)  Wombat

c)  Capybara

d) Dog

e) Cat

2. What does “npm” stand for?

a)  Node Package Manager

b)  Node Project Manager

c)  Node Package Manifest

d) Nerdy Punk Mammals

e) Nothing

3. How many people does npm employ?

a)  17

b)  25

c)  34

d) 75

e) None. Everyone is a volunteer.

4. Before working in technology, what was npm inventor and npm, Inc. CEO Isaac Schlueter’s line of work?

a)  Door-to-door vacuum cleaner sales

b)  Political speechwriter

c)  Test pilot

d) Line cook at a naval research station

e) Chess champion

5. Where is npm, Inc. cofounder Laurie Voss from?

a) Köln, Germany

b) Jamaica

c) Trinidad

d) Belgium

e) St. Petersburg, Russia

6. What is the largest number of packages that have been downloaded from npm’s Registry in one week?

a)  9.1 billion

b)  600 million

c)  1.8 billion

d) 5.2 billion

e) 12 billion

7. How big is the npm Registry?

a)  900 GB

b)  1.2 TB

c)  8 TB

d) 20 TB

e) 1 PB

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1. b) npm’s mascot, seen throughout the web application and on npm’s ubiquitous conference stickers, is a wombat. In 2017, npm, Inc. even adopted a real baby wombat. Teacup lives at the Sleepy Burrows wombat sanctuary in Gundaroo, New South Wales, Australia.

2. e) Nothing! The original ‘npm’ software was used for Node.js package management, but today the npm registry hosts many more types of code—over 700,000 packages of code downloaded over 20 billion times a month. In fact, it’s used more for front-end JavaScript than for Node.js code. So npm means anything and nothing. Developers can even contribute their own n-p-m phrase to a GitHub repository for inclusion on the homepage.

3. c) npm, Inc. employs 34 people, distributed worldwide from its headquarters in Oakland, CA, USA.  “People assume we’re like hundreds and hundreds,” said Jonathan Cowperthwait, npm’s vice president of marketing, “or they’re surprised that we are an entity at all. When I joined npm, Inc., some developer friends were shocked; ‘Wait, that’s a company?’”

4. a) In a 2012 interview, Schlueter revealed that he began his career selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door after dropping out of university in Connecticut. He moved to California on the premise that California had tech jobs, and one thing led to another….

5. c) Laurie Voss was raised in Trinidad before attending university in London, UK, and making his way to the United States to work with Yahoo, Inc. “Nobody can place my accent,” said Voss, “so everyone thinks I am bad at pronunciation.”

6. d) From May 10th to May 17th of 2018, npm users downloaded 5.2 billion packages from the npm Registry, setting a new record.

7. c) The registry is approximately 8TB in size, with 25M total package-versions.


How well did you do? Do you know your npm trivia?

0-2 correct: You’re just a beginner.

3-4 correct: You’re pretty solid in your npm trivia, but you still might need to pay a little more attention to the details.

5-6 correct: Nice! You really know your stuff!

7 correct: You are an npm master.

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The npm Team

npm, Inc., founded in Oakland, California, in 2014 by Isaac Z. Schlueter and Laurie Voss, maintains the npm package manager for JavaScript and hosts the world’s largest software registry.

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3 years ago

The wombat literally only appears on the Features page on, so no one will know that it’s a wombat unless you’ve visited their conference where they probably realized that no one knows what their well hidden mascot is. The page linked in the answer definitely doesn’t show any wombat anywhere.

Reply to  Martijn
3 years ago

You probably never visited
Cause the wombat is on the landing page…