Trending this month

GitHub Trending: The community is interested in Flutter, Xray, TensorFlow & Vue.js

Gabriela Motroc

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If you want to stay up-to-date on the hottest projects that everyone is talking about, you should start by bookmarking GitHub Trending — a list of trending repositories based on the number of stars they receive. This month, Flutter is the second most starred repository; could it have something to do with its first beta release? *cough*rhetorical question*cough*

Most popular (⭐) GitHub repositories this month

GitHub’s starry sky is full of familiar projects this month. From Flutter and Xray to old favorites TensorFlow and Vue.js, GitHub Trending has it all. The prize for the most interesting change goes to Flutter, which became the second most starred (a.k.a. popular) repository. Coincidentally —or not—, the first beta release of Flutter went live as part of Mobile World Congress 2018.

Flutter is a mobile UI framework intended to help developers create high-quality native interfaces on both iOS and Android. Flutter is free and open source, just like the Android SDK, and works with already existing code. The main draw to Flutter is its clever and speedy mobile development for both iOS and Android.

Find more information about Flutter and its first beta release here

The top 10 list includes another project that we recently covered, namely Xray, an Electron-based text editor. The Atom team created a next-gen Electron-based text editor to serve as the workspace for their Atom experiments. With Xray, developers can experiment to their heart’s content without worrying about the fundamental stability of the core Atom system.

Xray intends to improve and create a cross-platform text editor with high performance, easy collaborating, convenient extensibility, and seamless compatibility.

Read more about Xray here. 

TensorFlow is also on this month’s trending repositories list but we should have got used to it being GitHub’s darling. TensorFlow 1.6 was recently released — even though there the latest release doesn’t contain a lot of major changes, this doesn’t make it less important.

This release focuses on improved support, documentation, and a few other API changes. Read more about it here.

Vue.js is breathing down TensorFlow’s neck — almost 6.000 stars are sitting between the two repositories but this is nonetheless great news for Vue.js. Didn’t we call it “the rising star of JavaScript”? Here’s why:

Earlier this year, —a curated list of the best projects related to the web platform— looked back at the JavaScript landscape and compared the numbers of stars added on GitHub over the last 12 months to find out who were 2017’s JavaScript Rising Stars.

The most popular projects (a.k.a. the hottest projects of the year) were:

  1. Vue.js
  2. React
  3. Create React App

And, by the looks of it, Vue.js will shine even brighter this year.

Trending Java repositories

Spring Boot occupies the second position — as expected since the recently released 2.0 is the first major revision of Spring Boot since 1.0 and the first GA version of Spring Boot that provides support for Spring Framework 5.0. 

Read more about Spring Boot 2.0 here.

The list of most popular Java repositories also includes Elasticsearch, Spring Framework, RxJava, Guava and —drumroll, please— Apache Hadoop.

Don’t forget to check out this month’s GitHub Trending list.

PS: Speaking of Java, have you taken our poll on Java versions? Since Java 10 is almost upon us, it’s time to have a quick look at the most popular Java versions. Are you a Java 8 fan or have you migrated to Java 9? Or perhaps you’re still using Java 6 or 7. Java developers, this poll is for you.

Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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