Take a deep breath. 2018 is over. If you’ve been buried up to your neck in projects, this article will bring you up to speed with the biggest JavaScript developments of 2018, and some predictions as to what 2019 will bring.

You can use this to understand which frameworks would be good to learn next. And if you want even more context, have a look at last year’s JS Trends post.

React vs Vue (oh, and Angular Too)

Facebook had its worst year ever politically, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at React. …

Great developers are motivated to learn new things, but finding inspiration of what to learn can be more work than the learning itself.

You can end up spending hours scouring Egghead, Medium, FreeCodeCamp, Udacity, Udemy, Hackernoon, Dev.to, YouTube, dailyjs, css-tricks, echojs, SmashingMag, Coursera, HackerNews, nettuts…ok, you get the idea.

Figuring out what to learn as a dev has become like figuring out what to watch on Netflix — too many options, endless browsing, and not enough doing.

🚀 Which is why we at X-Team have created CommitList.io: 10 of the best dev tutorials curated every week. 🚀

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We made it for ourselves originally, to be able to help our community get inspired and reminded of great opportunities to learn each week. …

I recently wrote “The Top JavaScript Trends to Watch in 2018”, which has become an annual post for me as I enjoy helping developers with JS fatigue and plotting out a course for what to learn in the months ahead.

The post eventually spurred a dialogue on Twitter:

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Kent made an excellent point, which inspired me to change up the image as my playfulness had sent the wrong message that I never intended.

But the responding tweets that followed Kent’s tweet reminded me of just how toxic the dev community can be.

Kent’s tweet has since been removed, but to summarize the words used by others: ‘jealous little girl’, ‘sucks’, ‘stupid’, ‘idiot’, ‘f***ing p** me off’, ‘silly’…alright, you get the point. …

If you’ve been living under a rock or buried in projects throughout 2017, this is the article for you.

A lot happened in 2017 that we’ve been carefully watching at X-Team, setting up 2018 for a lot of action and innovation.

You can also use this as a guide to plan out your growth as a developer in 2018 to help you get on more innovative projects.

React vs. Vue.js

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Let’s get straight to the good stuff: This time last year, not many had faith that Vue would ever become a big competitor to React when it comes to major companies adopting it, but it was impossible to ignore Vue this year, even sending Angular a bit into the shadows in terms of developer hype. …

This video is the result of years of experiencing the remote life, going from a workaholic to finally understanding how to capitalize on the greatest freedom of our time. I hope it can help inspire you like it does for me today.

Can’t watch the video right now? Read the transcript below.

Something strange happens when you can work from anywhere. …

Despite what people may tell you, you don’t need an office to create an incredibly satisfied, fulfilled and, ultimately, happy team.

I know this because every week when I read the feedback we get from our remote team spread across 30 countries, it usually looks like this:

“Even though we are all remote, I never felt as close to a team as this one.” — Henrique B.

I’ve been building happy teams remotely since I was 10-years-old using the family computer to manage a Heroes of Might and Magic III team across the world.

And I love what I do, so I want to share the three most important things I’ve learned over the years that can boost your remote team’s atmosphere, engagement and satisfaction. …

The Internet nearly broke today after Slack announced its latest feature: threaded conversations.

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The feature has been long-awaited in helping solve the inevitable noise that company-wide chat rooms can create.

But before you start creating threads like crazy out of excitement, I’d like to offer a few words of caution.

Note: I’m aware this is a totally debatable topic, so feel free to start the debate in the comments :)

Threading should be reserved for specific, predictable use cases

My greatest fear with my team using Threaded conversations right now is that I’m going to miss an important message or point made by someone that’s collapsed in a thread that I never saw or started.

The future of open source software is incredibly bright, and we have Webpack and OpenCollective to thank for building the foundation.

It’s a future where teams actually contribute to the sustainability of the open source code they use and are incentivized to do so not for charity, but for real ROI.

It’s a future that I’d argue might even calm down the constant introduction of new tech in the industry.

How it began

In early 2016, the world was given OpenCollective, a fundraising site for groups (but is primarily dominated by open source and coders).

One of their goals that I love is to shift the idea that giving money to an open source project is charity, but rather is a way to sustain a project that your company’s product relies on. …

UPDATE: Read the trends to watch in 2018 instead.

First, kudos to Dan Abramov for asking his followers this question:

The JS community didn’t hesitate to chime in with a ton of new tech that you should be watching for in 2017. I’ve made everyone’s lives easier and compiled an easy-to-digest list (with context) here.

TLDR: Functional programming is no longer just for the hipsters. Is it time to roll out the red carpet?

Here are some of the highlights in order of popularity (most popular to least):


Ah, where to begin in explaining WebAssembly? Think low-level code, but for the web. Its real intention is to make it easy to code in any language (get excited functional/reactive programmers!) …

As 2016 winds down and work slows down, hopefully you’re starting to feel those New Year jitters kicking in.

That little voice in your head reminding you that you’re capable of more. That your potential has yet to be truly unleashed.

If you’re looking for 10 ways to start planning to grow as a developer in 2017, then continue reading…ONLY…if you promise to commit to at least one.

Deal? Let’s do this then.

#10: Submit a PR to an open source project you use

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Giving back doesn’t just have to happen at Christmas time.

There are tons of open source projects with thousands of open issues waiting to be grabbed.

How you’ll grow:

Contributing to open source lets you code on the world’s stage.


Ryan Chartrand

Ryan is CEO of X-Team (Hire developers: x-team.com) and brings more than a decade of experience working in remote development, marketing and biz dev.

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