Review of the 2018 JavaScript Rising Stars

Vue.js is the absolute rockstar of the JavaScript ecosystem

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
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We are back with another 2018 year review and this time we are putting the spotlight on the superstars of the JavaScript ecosystem with an overview of the 2018 JavaScript Rising Stars.

Keep those 2018 reviews coming! This time around we take a look at the 2018 JavaScript Rising Stars.

The third edition of this annual report compares the numbers of stars added on GitHub over the last 12 months and takes a deep look at the JavaScript ecosystem and its rising projects.

Let’s have a quick look at the most interesting highlights.

The JavaScript rockstars

Starting with an overview, Vue.js is the absolute rockstar of the JavaScript ecosystem staying at the top of the list for the third year in a row.

React holds the second place for the third consecutive year as well, remaining among the most popular JavaScript project.

One of the most interesting highlights is Deno‘s rise to the top 5. For those of you who haven’t heard of Deno yet, a run-time environment for TypeScript written in Go and V8 created by Ryan Dahl, the creator of Node, who build Deno as an endeavor to correct mistakes made in Node.

Digging a bit deeper into the ecosystem of front-end frameworks, we see Vue.js and React in the first and second place respectively, distantly followed by Angular.

It seems, however, that the distance between React in the second place and every other framework in the top 10 is quite sizable.

Last but not least, let’s have a closer look at the top IDEs and editors in the JavaScript ecosystem.

Most interestingly, Theia, an extensible platform built to support the development of full-fledged, multi-language, cloud & desktop IDE-like products is a fairly new project but still managed to climb to the top -among the top three, no less! Granted, the numbers are nowhere near VS Code that holds the first position, but still, Theia’s achievement is quite praiseworthy.

If you are interested in getting to know the rookie of this superstar line up, Deno, Check out our overview:

Developed nearly a decade ago, Node.js was designed to use server-side JavaScript to manage event-driven HTTP servers. But while that was important in 2009, things have changed.

As time has gone on, Dahl has regrets. A lot of them. In a recent presentation at JavaScript Conference in Berlin, Dahl gave a talk called “10 Things I Regret About Node.js”. Some of those regrets included getting rid of promises, security issues, the entire build system, packages, node_modules, and more.

See the full article here.

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou was the editor for Coming from an academic background in East Asian Studies, she decided that it was time to go back to her high-school hobby that was computer science and she dived into the development world. Other hobbies include esports and League of Legends, although she never managed to escape elo hell (yet), and she is a guest writer/analyst for competitive LoL at TGH.

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