There are many packages for filling your Node.js terminal programs with pretty colors. chalk is by far the most popular, but it may be too heavy for simple use cases. You may find some of these alternatives to be useful:

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You can gain some useful insights by visualizing your budget, but creating a chart like the one above this isn’t always worth the effort. That’s why I created a tool called Budgeteer that makes it easy make these charts without tedious work. In this post, I’d like to talk a little bit about how to use the tool as well as some of the math behind it.

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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 This has a variety of use cases, such as checking when a package is out of date, to name one example.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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