Friday, September 29, 2017

ip-num 1.0.0 is Released

ip-num, version 1.0.0 is now available.

ip-num is a TypeScript library for working with ASNIPv4, and IPv6 numbers. It provides representations of these internet protocol numbers with the ability to perform various IP related operations with them.

ip-num is released under the MIT license and can be found on Github here. Documentation is here.

The version 1.0.0 signifies a stable, well-tested core that contains minimal abstractions for working with IPv4, IPv6, and ASN.

The Road Ahead.

As the truism goes: software is never done. The version 1.0.0 although a milestone, signifies a beginning more than a completion. That means development does not cease with version 1.0.0 out of the door but will continue. The hope is that the effort will lead to the building of a comprehensive, well documented and intuitive library for working with IP numbers in the JavaScript ecosystem.

So, moving forward, the development efforts will largely be influenced by 3 factors:

  1. Dogfooding I would be working on a project that would be using ip-num. The plan is to have this experience of actually building a product with ip-num shape further design of the API.
  2. Richer IPv6 Support. IPv6 is more than just an increase from 32 bit to 128 bit when representing IP numbers. It offers a lot more semantics and features when compared to IPv4. The plan is to provide support for these unique IPv6 features moving forward.
  3. Continual Improvements. Quick wins, processing of TODO’s, evolving smarter abstraction to capture the domain using TypeScripts functionalities etc. 

If you work in a domain or industry that deals with IP numbers and you building with JavaScript, then do check ip-num out. It is just an npm install ip-num step away :)

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