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Semantic versioning and npm

Semantic versioning is a standard that a lot of projects use to communicate what kinds of changes are in this release. It's important to communicate what kinds of changes are in a release because sometimes those changes will break the code that depends on the package.

Semver for publishers

If a project is going to be shared with others, it should start at 1.0.0, though some projects on npm don't follow this rule.

After this, changes should be handled as follows:

Semver for consumers

As a consumer, you can specify which kinds of updates your app can accept in the package.json file.

If you were starting with a package 1.0.4, this is how you would specify the ranges:

You can also specify more granular semver ranges.

Last modified December 29, 2015           Found a typo? Send a pull request!

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