The official npm API provides a simple way to programmatically retrieve the latest version of any package, along with other metadata you might find in the package.json. This has a variety of use cases, such as checking when a package is out of date, to name one example. Today I’ll demonstrate how to get the latest version of a package with only a few lines of code. However, I was frustrated with what I found in other solutions, so I also want to talk about those and why you shouldn’t use them.

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I love the look of gold-engraved leather. You see it all the time on portfolios, diplomas, etc., and I think the reason is because it really does have a universal appeal. However, you don’t see it so often on the web. Perhaps it just doesn’t fit with the flat style that dominates the internet. Or maybe (most likely) it’s because the effect cannot easily be pulled off in CSS.

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Hello to whoever is reading this! After many years of learning benefiting from the online writing of others, I have finally decided to start my own blog. I do this both to give back to the community that helped me learn and grow as a software engineer, and to give myself a platform to share my thoughts and experiences.

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