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Node.js for utility scripts

From time to time I need to write at work or for my pet-project different automation scripts and every time I face a grand dilemma: what language I should use. One option is an entangled bash with dozens of constructions, which are impossible to remember. Another one is Python: quite lightweight, but some things take getting used to.

But what about Node.js? Well, I tried so hard and got so far^W^W^W^W, but some parts of Node.js API were so ugly and too clumsy for efficiently implemented and simple tools.

But today I gave another chance to Node.js. And it was surprisingly productive: for Promise-based API you finally can use module-level await. Oh my God, you have a great opportunity, without the NPM library or another utility function, recursively remove the directory with fs.rmSync('/path/to/dir', { recursive: true, force: true })

And last, but not least fantastic thing: every time, absolutely every time for some utility script I used to install some new library for parsing of CLI arguments: optimist, yargs, commander... But finally, with the 18th version, you can do it with a built-in utility in Node.js, which I honestly like:

import { parseArgs } from "node:util";

const {
values: { solution, tests },
} = parseArgs({
options: {
solution: {
type: "string",
short: "s",
tests: {
type: "string",
short: "t",

Looks like a competition with other instruments like Deno helped Node.js a lot with improving usability and developer experience