10 Most Shared JavaScript Scene Posts of 2016

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2016 was a stellar year for JavaScript Scene. We doubled our readership to more than half a million per month. Thank you for your support. Here are the articles shared the most by readers like you in 2016:

1. Native Apps are Doomed

“From now on, I won’t be building any more native apps. All my apps going forward will be progressive web apps. Progressive web apps are web applications which are designed to work even more seamlessly on mobile devices than native mobile apps…”

2. Top JavaScript Frameworks and Topics to Learn in 2017

“The popularity of JavaScript has led to a very vibrant ecosystem of technologies, frameworks, and libraries. Along with all the amazing diversity and energy in the ecosystem comes a high degree of confusion for many.What technologies should you care about? …”

3. Why I’m Thankful for JS Fatigue. I know you’re sick of those words, but this is different.

“Learning JS can be overwhelming. I know it can feel like there is an ocean of stuff you don’t know. Trying to soak it all up is like trying to soak up the real ocean with a beach towel…”

4. Why Native Apps Really Are Doomed: Native Apps Are Doomed Pt 2

“I recently wrote an article called “Native Apps are Doomed.” I was surprised at how many people were defending native apps. In all honesty, the user experience story for native apps has never been impressive. The numbers paint a bleak picture for native app success rates that teams need to be aware of when they make important decisions about how to build a new app…”

5. 12 Books Every JavaScript Developer Should Read

“I’m a big fan of JavaScript books. Being a long-time learner of JavaScript, I’ve had the pleasure of reading a great many of the popular JavaScript books on the market. These days I tend to skip the ones targeted to rank newbies, but I still read a lot of books intended for JavaScript developers with a little experience…”

6. Learn to Code: 13 Tips That Could Save You Years of Effort

“When you’re new to coding, it can be hard to know where to start, and it’s easy to get sucked down paths that could waste a whole lot of your time and money…”

7. The Software Developer’s Library: A Treasure Trove of Books for People Who Love Code

“I learned to code around the same time I learned to read and write. I loved computer games and I wanted to learn how to make my own. I loved games and stories about magic, and computers seemed about as close to magic as you can get. In those days, many computers booted directly into a programming environment, and I took it for granted that if you wanted to create something on a computer, you had to learn to code. My best friend’s dad gave me a book designed to teach kids how to make computer games with code and I dove in head first…”

8. Angular 2 vs React: The Ultimate Dance Off

“Most people who follow me know that I personally favor React, but of course I like my decisions to be educated, not based on uninformed bias. Lately, I’ve been exploring Angular 2 in-depth. Here’s how it compares to React in my opinion…”

9. How to Learn ES6

“We ran a survey at about the time the standard became official in June 2015 to see how many people were using ES6. Nearly half of respondents already were. I suspect the number will be much higher when we run the survey again. ES6 includes lots of great enhancements that will make you & your team more effective…”

10. 10 Tips for Better Redux Architecture

“When I started using React, there was no Redux. There was only the Flux architecture, and about a dozen competing implementations of it. Now there are two clear winners for data management in React: Redux and MobX, and the latter isn’t even a Flux implementation. Redux has caught on so much that it’s not just being used for React anymore. You can find Redux architecture implementations for other frameworks, including Angular 2. See ngrx:store, for example…”

I predict 2017 will be another great year for JavaScript. Thanks for reading!

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Eric Elliott is the author of “Programming JavaScript Applications” (O’Reilly), and “Learn JavaScript with Eric Elliott”. He has contributed to software experiences for Adobe Systems, Zumba Fitness, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, BBC, and top recording artists including Usher, Frank Ocean, Metallica, and many more.

He spends most of his time in the San Francisco Bay Area with the most beautiful woman in the world.