This weekend, I stumbled across a relatively new site: Libraries.io. It’s a massive database of programming libraries, sorted by language, platform and license. As this is a large well from which to draw software development goodness, I thought we’d drop in a bucket and see what they had to offer.
One can probably attribute this to the fact that Ruby Gems takes care of the same problem Libraries.io does, and it does so more elegantly from within your Ruby installation.
When it comes to licenses, more than 171,000 of the libraries on Libraries.io are licensed under the MIT license. Sixty thousand are Apache 2.0, and the three versions of the GPL (2.0, 2.0+ and 3.0) accounted for just over 20,000 of the libraries.
But just what are all these libraries for? There’s an awful lot to choose from. There’s a popularity list, fortunately, so we can dive in and see, from a non-GitHub perspective, just what libraries people are using.
Gulp, the streaming build system, was also popular on Libraries.io. Gulp speeds up build time for developers by favoring code over configuration, and by creating a replicable process for building and deploying software.