5 npm modules you can't live without?

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I don't really have "favorites" but here are 5 I frequently use for different projects:

  • create-react-app: This allows you to set up a modern React app by running one command and installing one dependency, it then under the hood installs Webpack, Babel, ESLint, and other amazing projects to power your app thereby letting you focus on code, not build tools.

  • nodemon: Helps develop node.js based applications by automatically restarting the node application when file changes in the directory are detected.

  • Pingmydyno: With Heroku free dynos, your app will fall asleep if it doesn't receive any web traffic within a 30-minute window. Pingmydyno pings your server periodically so it never falls asleep.

  • Axios: A Promise based HTTP client for the browser and node.js that allows you to make XMLHttpRequests from the browser, make http requests from node.js, transform request and lots more

  • HandleBars: An extension to the Mustache templating language that provides the power necessary to let you build semantic templates effectively with no frustration.