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nodejs by itself doesn't give anything.
just like having java for example.
its a runtime for other apps, so why do I need it as a portable app, if running it doesn't do anything?
if it is to run nodejs apps, node.exe by itself is already portable so.... why?
You are correct that NodeJS itself is somewhat portable.
However, this release replicates a full NodeJS installation and bundles NPM (Node Package Manager), which isn't portable (especially when using global packages).
npm is portable unless you are talking about the ability to run npm install and other npm commands anywhere in your pc.
but that would require adding npm to the pc PATH, which would is not portable and i doubt you are doing.
so if you aren't doing that... npm by itself is already portable as it is just few bat/shell + js files (I have 3 versions in my pc, none are installed, just unzipped from github).
For developers, i think this won't be enough. for users, it is not needed unless paf will enable it to be a common runtime and use it to run js based apps. but most of these apps today come with node built in like atom/brackets/....
I just relases a package for Node.js 12.18.3 on my GitHub
This package is completely written from scratch
Any feedback with be appreciated