Bun announces oven, promises first firing in six months – DEVCLASS

Upstart JavaScript runtime Bun (the name may be an abbreviation of bundle) has secured funding. Oven, a company set up to back and market the project, has attracted $7 million from venture capitalist Kleiner Perkins, according to the announcement, and including an unspecified stake from Guillermo Rauch, CEO and founder of Vercel, a platform. form of web application hosting.

The Bun code is on GitHub and uses the MIT license, although it depends on the Apple-sponsored JavaScriptCore, also used by WebKit, which is LGPL2 (GNU Lesser General Public License v2).

Bun publishes impressive performance statistics on its website

Bun’s inventor, Jarred Sumner, said Oven’s business model would be to provide “fast serverless hosting and continuous integration for backend and frontend serverless applications”, powered by Bun.

He added that “the plan is to run our own servers on the edge in data centers around the world,” implying that it won’t rely on the public cloud. The new company is looking for engineers, noting that the coding skills needed will primarily be “low-level systems programming using Zig and C++.”

Today, Bun is far from ready for production. The latest version is 0.1.10 and the runtime is neither stable nor complete. Sumner, however, said the goal was “a stable version of Bun in less than six months from today.” It sounds ambitious, even though he has made remarkable progress in a short time. “I spent over a year building Bun solo in private beta. Two months after launch, Bun has over 32,000 stars on GitHub and 14,000 members on Bun’s Discord server,” he said. he writes.

In a tweet aimed at potential new employees, the company warned that “Oven is going to be a chore, especially the first nine months or so. If work-life balance means a lot of time spent not working, it’s probably not a good choice.

Oven faces plenty of competition, from existing companies in the same market, such as Vercel and Netlify, and for Bun itself, from competing runtimes including currently dominant Node.js and its newer rival Deno. Bun showed stats showing much faster HTTP service than Node.js or Deno, which was likely a factor in Deno founder Ryan Dahl promising the “fastest JavaScript web server ever built.” in an article published earlier this month.

The high level of interest in Bun and Deno partly reflects another trend: that a significant number of developers would like a different approach to building JavaScript or TypeScript applications than the model offered by Node.js, with its node directory -modules sometimes hiding insecure elements. dependencies and its inherited attachment to CommonJS modules.

Bun impressed developers with its performance and coding experience (stability aside). “Bun blew me away in terms of performance. … I found Bun to impress me many times with its speed and sleekness,” one developer said on Hacker News.

Bun’s immediate goals include strong compatibility with Node.js (another area where Deno has been weak but which its developers are now addressing) and fixing stability issues. The roadmap includes bundling on Edge Servers, a binary archive format for release builds, support for the most popular server-side rendering frameworks, and support for Windows, where the subsystem Windows for Linux is currently required.

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