JavaScript’s rising stars

#​669 — January 4, 2024

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🌟 The 2023 JavaScript Rising Stars — At the start of each year, Michael rounds up the projects that gained the most popularity on GitHub in the prior year. Rocketing to #1 is the shadcn/ui suite of React components, but there are a lot of fresh entries. Bun and Next.js stay on the list, while htmx and Drizzle ORM make their first appearances in the top ten.

Michael Rambeau et al.

10 Interview Questions Every JS Developer Should Know in 2024 — I’d usually shy away from a list-based post on Medium, but this is a good exception. As a rare example of a top-notch developer who’s also involved in hiring other developers, Eric provides useful advice.

Eric Elliott

Authentication & User Management for the Modern WebClerk is the easiest way to add authentication and user management to your app.
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Vue 3.4 Released — Vue 2 went ‘end of life’ last week, but never fear, we got a new version of Vue 3 to make up for it, complete with a rewritten, faster template parser, and a more efficient reactivity system. If you prefer a screencast tour, ▶️ Erik Hanchett has one for you.

Evan You

😢 If the loss of Vue 2 stings, you might enjoy Fotis Adamakis’ tribute.


Oracle is introducing JavaScript support in MySQL.

Some 2024 predictions from JS framework maintainers.

While I was still busy eating turkey, someone created an ‘everything‘ npm package (complete with an 80MB package.json) that turned every public package into a dependency, preventing any of them from being unpublished. Unsurprisingly, this resulted in much drama. 😅

Minko Gechev walks through the results of the Angular Developer Survey 2023.

A look at both the current and future state of Storybook in 2024.


Dependency Cruiser 16.0 – Validate and visualize dependencies.

VueFire – A first-class Vue + Firebase experience.

Effection 3.0 – Structured concurrency and effects.

Parcel 2.11 – The zero config build tool.

Node.js v21.5.0 (Current)

📒 Articles & Tutorials

Let’s Bring Back JavaScript’s with Statement..? — Famously roasted in JavaScript: The Good Parts before its deprecation, with isn’t a popular language feature at all, so Alex’s appeal here is partly tongue in cheek. Nonetheless, with has some potentially interesting uses in modern JavaScript.

Alex MacArthur

Session Replay Basics – Debug Web App Issues Faster — Join us on Jan 11 to learn how Session Replay can help find and resolve the most difficult-to-reproduce issues in JavaScript.

Sentry sponsor

Making Sense of ‘Senseless’ JavaScript Features — We’ve tackled with (above), now Juan Diego Rodriguez looks at several other seemingly “absurd” JS eccentricities, explains how they came into existence, and tries to help you avoid the problems they cause.

Juan Diego Rodriguez

A Look at 2023’s New Array Methods — A look at toReversed(), toSplice(), toSorted(), and with() (no, not that with.. 😆)

Chris Ferdinandi

What the Heck is a Homomorphic Mapped Type?“Let’s try to understand what the TypeScript guys mean when they talk about homomorphic mapped types.”

Andrea Simone Costa

React Server Components: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly“I’d argue that adding server capabilities to React is much less important than fixing its many existing issues.”


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Introduction to HTMXhtmx is an interesting library for imbuing your HTML with dynamic functionality in a lightweight, dependency-free way.


🔥 Simulating Fluids, Fire, and Smoke in Real-Time — Only tangentially JavaScript related, but a fantastic article nonetheless.

Andrew Chan

The Complete Playwright Cheatsheet

Mohan Ganesan

🛠 Code & Tools

React Aria 1.0: 40+ Accessible Components, Your Way — Anyone who follows Devon Govett (also of Parcel fame) on social media will know just how much he’s put into this suite of components, and v1.0 is now here. If you’re building your own components and want to get accessibility right, this is for you. Devon explains a little more here.


📆  Schedule-X: A Material Design Calendar and Date Picker — Available in the form of React, Vue or plain JS components. GitHub repo.

Tom Österlund

Auth Without Complexity — React Auth in a Straightforward Platform — Userfront streamlines authentication & access control so engineers can focus on their core business. Read the docs now.

Userfront sponsor

quick-lint-js 3.0: Tool to Find JavaScript Bugs As You Code — We first linked this two years ago when it hit 1.0. It’s an interesting alternative to tools like ESLint and aims to give you instant feedback while coding. v3.0 introduces TypeScript support.

Matthew Glazar

Plotteus: A JavaScript Library for Data Storytelling — Looks to be a powerful solution not just for creating static visualizations (graphs, plots, etc.) but interactive ones that visualize data changes via scrolling, UI controls, or other user interactions.

Bartosz Prusinowski

LIPS: A Scheme-Style Lisp in JavaScript — A Lisp interpreter written in JavaScript that also has good integration with JavaScript both in the browser or atop Node.js.

Jakub T. Jankiewicz

💡 Prefer Smalltalk to Lisp? Amber might be for you.

vue-concurrency 5.0 – Concurrency ops for Vue and Composition API.

Secretlint 8.1 – Tool to prevent committing credentials/secrets.

Wretch 2.8 – Tiny, fluent wrapper built around fetch.

wavesurfer.js 7.6 – Waveform renderer and player.

DOCX 8.5 – Generate .docx/Word files from JS/TS.

jest-dom 6.2 – Jest matchers to test DOM state.

lowdb 7.0 – Simple, fast JSON database.

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