Yarn, a JavaScript package manager seen as a rival to NPM, will be rewritten in TypeScript and become API-centric, as part of a comprehensive plan to make the tool more modular, extensible, and developer-friendly.

Builders of Yarn, who want it to become a “development-first” tool in 2019, are emphasizing a “plug ’n’ play” concept that has Yarn telling developers where to find dependent packages instead of relying on Node. Yarn builders refer to the list of planned changes as “Berry,” with a stable release featuring improvements arriving this summer.

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