> I just like that someone at npm would avoid something because it has lots of dependencies and overhead. The irony is strong with this one.
For this to be "ironic", having lots and lots of dependencies would actually have to be a Node.js "best practice." But it's not.
It seems like a best practice to outsiders, for the same reason that setting `register_globals` seemed like a "best practice" in PHP back in PHP3/4. Because it was extremely common, one might assume that it was endorsed as a canonical approach. And so you do it yourself, and write sophomoric tutorials suggesting others do the same, perpetuating the problem.
In reality, the "best practice" followed by experienced software engineers (for Node.js or any other language) is to carefully consider your dependencies, and to try to avoid dependencies that cause an explosion of sub-dependencies. The NPM maintainers are experienced engineers, and so they follow this best practice.
There is no irony here. It is not "the Node.js way" to use tons and tons of dependencies, such that the NPM maintainers are going against the grain somehow. It's just the way of programmers inexperienced in engineering to not care about dependency proliferation; and then, further, to make a large set of their own tiny libraries (with already-exploded deps trees) because they aren't yet at a stage of programming expertise where they see that code as trivial to bang out whenever they need it (see: the left-pad package) that then further encourages others to depend on them. It's the "copying and pasting a solution together from bad code in five StackOverflow posts" phase of one's programming career, except instead of having to copy-and-paste, all the snippets are symbolically linked together into a big tree and you refer to them by name. (Again, that's not an indictment of Node.js—there's nothing you can do to stop a bunch of inexperienced engineers from doing this to your package ecosystem as well, if they happen to be drawn into your community.)
From people that seem plenty intelligent and experienced.