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How a developer just broke the Internet

medium.com | Mar. 23, 2016 | 8 min read

With left-pad removed from NPM, applications and widely used bits of open-source infrastructure were unable to obtain the dependency, and thus fell over. Thousands, worldwide. Left-pad was fetched 2,486,696 downloads in just the last month, according to NPM. It was that popular. To 'fix the Internet', Laurie Voss, CTO and cofounder of NPM, took the unprecedented step of restoring the unpublished left-pad 0.0.3 that apps required.

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Donna Cavalier

Just shared the story from theregister, but I deleted it since this one is already here.