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 This has a variety of use cases, such as checking when a package is out of date, to name one example.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