Hey, just a heads up since you don't reference it in your post! 😃
Yarn has worked on a feature aiming to remove node_modules folders from the equation. It works, has already shipped, and is used in production in various places. As for npm, they've started working on an experimental project sharing some aspects, called Tink.
For more information, the RFC that introduced Plug'n'Play (the name of this "no node_modules" install strategy) is github.com/yarnpkg/rfcs/pull/101 - there's a lot of great discussion there.
I knew yarn, but I never used it indeed. I will take a look at the PR you linked and yarn in general, it may be better than NPM in this management. Do you think it is better?
I'm part of the Yarn core team, so my opinion is biased ;)
Overall both Yarn and npm are pretty good tools. We tend to ship more features, in part thanks to our community which frequently contributes, but npm isn't that far behind.
Plug'n'Play is currently exclusive to Yarn, though (Tink is quite different, I wrote an article about it not too long ago).
I found your text here, I will read it. :)
Since I wrote this article, I need to be opened for everything so I will test yarn thoroughly. It looks nice, starting by the mascot. :D
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