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This post is part of my Today I learned series in which I share all my web development learnings.

Today I learned that when you set NPM_CONFIG_PRODUCTION=true and use npm scripts, NODE_ENV will be production, too.

Thanks @bahmutov for sharing why this could lead to confusion!

Example showing that NPM_CONFIG_PRODUCTION defines NODE_ENV

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