👋 We’re back! Usually we end the year by looking back at the biggest items of the year, but December was so busy that we’ve decided to leave it till now 🙂 If you didn’t see every issue last year (and you probably didn’t!) you should find a few things in this issue that will catch your imagination.
Peter Cooper, your editor

The Top Tools, Stories, And Resources Of The Past Year.

The Top Tools, Stories, And Resources Of The Past Year.

Our most clicked links of 2020

4.  Fixing Memory Leaks in Web Applications — When the front-end became more dynamic, part of the bargain was that front-end developers would have to deal with “a new class of problems that don’t really exist in the server-rendered world”.. including avoiding memory leaks on 101 different types of client device. Here’s an introduction to client-side memory leaks and how to begin investigating them.

Nolan Lawson

5.  WTFJS: A List of Funny and ‘Tricky’ JavaScript Examples — This has been around for years but continues to resonate with developers and gets various tweaks and adjustments. Worth it if you want to take a look into some of the more “uh, what?” corners of JS.

Denys Dovhan

6.  I Created The Exact Same App in React and Vue And.. — If anything is guaranteed for 2021, React and Vue will continue to push and inspire each other. The author of this post built the same app in React and Vue in both 2018 (the pre-hooks era!) and 2020 to see the differences between the two.

Sunil Sandhu

Runners up:

  1. What to Pay JavaScript Developers in 2020? from Eric Elliott. Or, perhaps, what you could be earning?
  2. ▶️ You Really Don’t Need All That JavaScript, I Promise was a fantastic 20 minute talk on why we shouldn’t rely on JavaScript as much as we often do.
  3. In Goodbye, Clean Code, Dan Abramov told us to beware of premature refactoring and de-duplication.
  4. JavaScript Features To Forget by David Flanagan (who’s written more JavaScript books than I’ve had hot dinners).

🛠 Top Code & Tools of 2020

Snowpack: A Build System for the Modern Web — Say bye-bye to your bundler and let modern browsers’ ES module support do the heavy lifting with Snowpack. Or if you need to target more than just modern browsers, you can always just use it to speed things up in development. A Snowpack 3.0 release candidate came out at the end of 2020 with the final 3.0 release due… any day now.

Fred K. Schott

Stream Chat React Native v2.0.0 Released — The official React Native and Expo library of components for Stream Chat (a service for building chat apps) is now rewritten in TypeScript to ensure type safety for easier-to-read code/debugging.


Grid.js: An Advanced Table Control — A lightweight, advanced table plugin that can work alongside React, Angular, Vue, or, well, nothing. Check out some of the examples for more on how to use it. It uses Preact under the hood.

Afshin Mehrabani

33 Line ‘React’ — Sure, React does some useful things, but you can do the same things with very little code, so.. why not? A fun experiment that was rather unlikely to replace React 😉 Also of interest was that Hacker News had its say and the author responded.

Oliver Russell

Vue 3.0 ‘One Piece’ Released — Vue.js is a highly popular framework for building UIs with JavaScript, and a common alternative to things like React or Angular. Vue 3.0 was in the pipeline for so long that its eventual release post actually got relatively few clicks, but it’s a huge release nonetheless with a new composition API, Teleport, and more.

Vue.js Team

p5.js 1.0: The ‘Creative Coding’ Libary — A major milestone for a long-standing JavaScript library that builds upon Processing, a popular creative coding environment (which also inspired the Arduino IDE). p5 is a bit hard to explain succinctly, so definitely check it out.

lauren mccarthy

Senior UI/Front-End Developer — Help power the world’s largest online design school and help students worldwide learn design and improve their careers.

Interaction Design Foundation

Find Your Next Job Through Vettery — Create a profile on Vettery to connect with hiring managers at startups and Fortune 500 companies. It’s free for job-seekers.



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