JavaScript Rising Stars 2017

I found an intersting article on the rising stars in the JavaScript world in 2017. There are the most important sections taken from the report.

Most Popular Projects Overall

Vue.js strikes again

Once again, Vue.js is the trendiest project of the year, with more than 40,000 stars added on GitHub during the year.

Front-end Frameworks

The Big-3: Vue, React and Angular

Without surprise, the 3 most popular UI frameworks are Vue.jsReact and Angular

Node.js Frameworks

Despite its age, Express was not only the trendiest node.js framework in 2017 but it’s also used as the backbone of many other frameworks or CMS, including FeathersKeystone or Nest.

React Ecosystem

In 2016 Create React App solved the problem of how to start coding a React application by providing a nice set of presets, very well packaged. Facebook keeps releasing new versions very often and it was by far the most popular project in 2017 among the React ecosystem.

Vue Ecosystem

Element and iView are the two most popular UI component kits, both focused on rapid desktop UI development. Mint UI and vux, on the other hand, are the two most popular mobile-focused UI kits.


JavaScript is so versatile that it can also be used to build mobile applications, meaning that you can share components between the web and the mobile platforms.

In this category, we find again the 3 main actors of the “Front-end frameworks”:

  • React with React Native
  • Vue with Weex and Quasar
  • Angular with Ionic and NativeScript
  • Compilers

    JavaScript has basic dynamic types but not static types. A lot of developers feel like they need types in their code, especially in big code base, to make it more robust and easier to read/understand.

    And then, if you think you need types, the 2 main contenders are: TypeScript, provided by Microsoft and Flow, provided by Facebook (and used on their main projects: ReactReact NativeJest…)

    Build Tools

    It’s maybe the biggest surprise of the year, the trendiest building tool is Parcel, a brand new project that gathered more than 14,000 stars since the project was launched on GitHub in August.

    Parcel offers all the goodies of modern web development with a killer feature: zero configuration!

    Testing Frameworks

    As we predicted last year (it’s the first time we predicted something right!), Jest became the trendiest testing framework in 2017.

    IDEs & Editors

    In 2016, VS Code, backed by Microsoft and Atom, backed by GitHub were really close at the top of the category.

    They also led the way in 2017 but VS Code took a big advantage over its rival.

    CSS in JavaScript

    Styled Components was by far the trendiest project in this category this year. It lets developers include regular CSS syntax inside the React components, using a recent addition to the JavaScript language: tagged template literals.

    Static Sites

    Static site generators (or “SSG”) are tools that generate a bunch of .html, .css and JavaScript files that you can deploy on any web server without the fuss of setting up a database. Static web sites are fast, robust and easy to maintain.

    Number 2 in 2016, Gatsby gets revenge in 2017. It comes with a lot of great features to optimize your static site:

  • Fast browsing & exporting
  • Aggressive preloading
  • Intelligent code splitting (templates + page data)
  • Gatsby uses React as the view layer and GraphQL to query the content at the building time. It has a strong community and React official web site itself is built with Gatsby.


    Major companies such as the New York Times have started adopting GraphQL, and on the library front both Relay and Apollo (the two main GraphQL client libraries) released major updates this year.

    This were the most important sections in this article.