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Wednesday, 29th November 2023

Announcing Deno Cron. Scheduling tasks in deployed applications is surprisingly difficult. Deno clearly understand this, and they’ve added a new Deno.cron(name, cron_definition, callback) mechanism for running a JavaScript function every X minutes/hours/etc.

As with several other recent Deno features, there are two versions of the implementation. The first is an in-memory implementation in the Deno open source binary, while the second is a much more robust closed-source implementation that runs in Deno Deploy:

“When a new production deployment of your project is created, an ephemeral V8 isolate is used to evaluate your project’s top-level scope and to discover any Deno.cron definitions. A global cron scheduler is then updated with your project’s latest cron definitions, which includes updates to your existing crons, new crons, and deleted crons.”

Two interesting features: unlike regular cron the Deno version prevents cron tasks that take too long from ever overlapping each other, and a backoffSchedule: [1000, 5000, 10000] option can be used to schedule attempts to re-run functions if they raise an exception.

# 5:49 pm / cron, deno

llamafile is the new best way to run a LLM on your own computer

Visit llamafile is the new best way to run a LLM on your own computer

Mozilla’s innovation group and Justine Tunney just released llamafile, and I think it’s now the single best way to get started running Large Language Models (think your own local copy of ChatGPT) on your own computer.

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