Happy 2015, GitHubbers! To kick off the new year, we’re retooling our weekly feature showcasing the most popular open-source projects on GitHub. Instead of simply listing the Top 5 trending projects each week, SD Times editors will put the spotlight on one particular open-source software project we feel is unique or brings something new and exciting to the table. This won’t always be a project in the Top 5 or even one that’s necessarily new, but it’ll always be a piece of open-source software worth taking a closer look at.
Underneath our Editor’s Pick you’ll still find an abridged Top 5 list.
Editor’s Pick: io.js
Node.js, currently at version 0.10.35, does not yet support the majority of the ECMAScript 6 features as it is still running an outdated V8 build.
“The choice to release as 1.0.x was not to signify that io.js should be considered production-ready, but because it was a significant enough release from Node.js to warrant a major version increment,” the io.js FAQ stated.
More information on io.js can be found on the project’s website and GitHub repository.
This week’s Top 5 trending GitHub projects
#1: Awesome Courses is staying strong into the new year, as the December open-source favorite continues to rack up commits for its list of computer-science college courses.
#2: Hover is a returning favorite. First appearing on the GitHub Top 5 a little over a year ago, Hover is a collection of CSS3-powered hover effects that can be applied to call-to-actions, buttons, logos and featured images.
#3: Icono, an icon pack free from external resources, was created by Saeed Alipoor to develop icons in pure CSS with only one element and one tag.
#5: Git-Game, a terminal game designed to test knowledge of Git commands with 10 levels of progressively harder repository-based tasks, was featured in previous SD Times coverage.