What Is a Node.js Stream?
Streams are a built-in Node.js language feature that represent an asynchronous flow of data, and are a way to handle reading/writing files. They’re meant to be like Unix pipes, allowing us to hook up a data source one end, any number of consumers on the other end, and pass data between them. Node streams can help you process a file that’s larger than your free memory space because, instead of a program reading a file into memory all at once, it processes data into smaller chunks.
By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to:
- Learn what is a Node.js stream
- Understand the limitations of reading an entire file into memory
- Know what are the benefits of, and use cases for, Node streams
- Understand some of the events streams emit
- Learn what
pipedoes in Node, and how to connect streams using
- Use the
fsmodule to create Node streams from files
- Know how to handle stream errors in Node
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