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7 projects starred by top JavaScript developers that you should check out

February 28, 2020

A list of GitHub projects that were starred by multiple top JavaScript developers in the past 6 months. Read more about the methodolgy at the end of the post.


Description: Deliver experiences best suited to a user’s device and network constraints
Repo URL: https://github.com/GoogleChromeLabs/react-adaptive-hooks
Repo Owner: GoogleChromeLabs
GitHub Stars: 3,920


Description: An experimental JavaScript toolchain
Repo URL: https://github.com/facebookexperimental/rome
Repo Owner: facebookexperimental
GitHub Stars: 3,246


Description: Mega list of 1 on 1 meeting questions compiled from a variety to sources
Repo URL: https://github.com/VGraupera/1on1-questions
Repo Owner: VGraupera
GitHub Stars: 6,518


Description: Mini projects built with HTML5, CSS & JavaScript. No frameworks or libraries
Repo URL: https://github.com/bradtraversy/vanillawebprojects
Repo Owner: bradtraversy
GitHub Stars: 3,820


Description: Node library to automate Chromium, Firefox and WebKit with a single API
Repo URL: https://github.com/microsoft/playwright
Repo Owner: microsoft
GitHub Stars: 9,935


Description: A document head manager for React
Repo URL: https://github.com/nfl/react-helmet
Repo Owner: nfl
GitHub Stars: 12,604


Description: Zero-runtime CSS in JS library
Repo URL: https://github.com/callstack/linaria
Repo Owner: callstack
GitHub Stars: 4,940

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How the list was built

The projects below were starred by multiple experienced, influential developers, which I compiled from Googling “JavaScript developers to follow” and looking at who I currently follow on Twitter. Their GitHub usernames are addyosmani, paulirish, thefoxis, umaar, elijahmanor, jeresig, dshaw, kentcdodds, johnpapa , darkwing, sachag, wesbos, getify, markdalgleish, chriscoyier, mdo, ry, yyx990803, Rich-Harris, sdras, emmabostian , markerikson, btholt, benlesh.

For each developer, I used GitHub’s starring api to fetch their recently starred repos, limited the scope to the past 6 months, filtered out non JavaScript/TypeScript repos, then counted total stars form the user list for each repo and found the projects with multiple stars.

Here’s a gist with some messy code that does it.

const axios = require("axios");
const moment = require("moment");
module.exports = async function() {
const devs = [
const MAP = {};
for (let dev of devs) {
const githubUrl = `https://api.github.com/users/${dev}/starred?per_page=50`;
const { data } = await axios.get(githubUrl, {
headers: {
Accept: "application/vnd.github.v3.star+json"
auth: {
username: process.env.GITHUB_CLIENT_ID,
password: process.env.GITHUB_CLIENT_SECRET
const final = data
.filter(item => {
const { repo } = item;
return (
!repo.fork &&
["JavaScript", "TypeScript"].includes(repo.language) &&
moment(item.starred_at).isAfter(moment().subtract(6, "months"))
.sort((a, b) => {
a = moment(a);
b = moment(b);
if (a.isAfter(b)) return 1;
if (b.isAfter(a)) return -1;
return 0;
.map(item => {
if (!MAP[item.repo.name]) {
MAP[item.repo.name] = item;
MAP[item.repo.name].count = 1;
} else {
return item.repo;
const moreThan1 = Object.keys(MAP).filter(key => MAP[key].count > 1);
return moreThan1;
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Hi, I'm Ryan. I live and work in Chicago as a Front End Engineer. I'm always working on side projects and sometimes write JavaScript-related tutorials that help folks build things, too. Follow me on Twitter