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Gotcha: Glob expansion in scripts

When running npm run <script-name>, the attached command gets executed within the shell linked at /bin/sh rather than your current shell. A pattern such as:

{src,test}/**/*.js

...is expanded differently in bash, versus zsh, leading to subtle bugs. Instead, defer the glob expansion to the particular tool you're running, if it has this feature:

{
"scripts": {
// Instead of:
"lint": "eslint {src,test}/**/*.js",

// Write it with quotes:
"lint": "eslint '{src,test}/**/*.js'"
}
}

Weaning yourself off yarn

Here are plain npm alternatives to yarn commands.

Install a local package

# Instead of:
yarn add [--dev] <package>

# Write:
npm install [--save-dev] <package>

Install a global package

# Instead of:
yarn global add <package>

# Write
npm install -g <package>

Publish a package to npm

# Instead of:
yarn publish

# Write:
npm version [major|minor|patch]
npm publish

Run a script

# Instead of:
yarn <script-name>

# Write:
npm run-script <script-name>

# Or, shorter:
npm run <script-name>

Run a local binary

# Instead of:
yarn <bin-name>

# Write:
npx <bin-name>

Use the --no-install flag prevent npx from fetching a missing binary from the npm registry.