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Spellbook of Modern Web Dev

A Big Picture, Thesaurus, and Taxonomy of Modern JavaScript Web Development




Spellbook of Modern Web Dev




  • This document originated from a bunch of most commonly used links and learning resources I sent to every new web developer on our full-stack web development team.
  • What I'm doing in this document now is trying to provide the complete view angle of modern web (app or page) development ruled by JavaScript, reflect technological advance and help developers to acquire APIs, libraries, tools, services, best practices and learning resource which are not outdated and most commonly used.
  • I hope this document can help one developer to have more power to do much more and much better, just like a spellbook does in fantasy worlds.
  • The JS/web technology is like an ocean of stuff you don’t know. Simply collecting more stuff or composing dozens of "awesome lists" into a single one will only exacerbate the Javascript Fatigue. So this document must stay lean and focus on the most frequent problems and the most commonly used stuff.
  • So for each problem domain and each technology, I try my best to pick only one or a few links.
  • Which link belongs to "not outdated and most commonly used stuff" is not only decided by clear trends, empirical observation, and working experience, also by public data and web scraping scripts.
  • The npm package statistics (like download count) are given more weight than Github repo statistics (like starring data) because npm statistics can better reflect the actual usage and popularity.
  • Prefer fine-grained classifications and deep hierarchies over featureless descriptions and distractive comments.
  • Ideally, each line is a unique category. The " / " symbol between the links means they are replaceable. The ", " symbol between the links means they are complementary.
  • I wish this document could be closer to a kind of knowledge graph or skill tree than a list or a collection.
  • It currently contains 2000+ links (projects, tools, plugins, services, articles, books, sites, etc.)
  • Feel free to submit the missing or better links in your opinion. Also, please provide the reason.
  • Why not add a Europe (or other regions) section? Why not add your project? Why so many React-based projects? Why not Angular/Vue.js/XXX?

Understanding Modern Web Development






Table of Contents

  • Platforms and Languages
    • Open Web Platform
      • Learning, Reference, Visual Tools
      • Performance, Security, Semantics / SEO / Accessibility
    • HTML5 / Web APIs
      • HTML/DOM, Appearance, Interaction, Access, Network, Media, Graphics, Computing...
    • CSS Features
      • RWD, Layout, Typography, Text, Animation, Effects...
    • Next Generation CSS
      • CSS Module, PostCSS, CSS in JS
      • Best Practices (Skeleton, Methodology, Code Style...)
      • Know More about Web Design / UI Design / UX Design (RWD, Atomic Design, Motion Design, Grid System, Typography, Style Guide...)
    • Next Generation JS
      • ES6+ Features, Intro to ES6+, Re-intro to JS, Important Proposals, Functional Programming, FRP, Static Typing, Code Style...
    • Node.js
      • Intro, Workshop, Best Practices...
    • Platform Compatibility and Proposal Status
      • Platform Status / Releases / Updates, ECMAScript Compatibility
      • Proposal Status (W3C WG, WICG, WHATWG, ECMA TC39, Node.js CTC)
      • JS Engine (V8, JSC, Chakra), Web/JS Runtime (Electron, Cordova, React Native...), Device...
    • Cross-browser / Polyfill Libraries
      • Appearance, Interaction, Access, Network, Performance, Offline, Media...
    • npm Ecosystem
      • Finding Packages (Search, Stats, Rank)
      • Dependency Management / Release / Maintenance (npm, yarn, lerna, ncp...)
      • Convention (Open Source, SemVer, package.json, Small modules, Isomorphic JS / Universal JS...)
    • Universal Utility Libraries
      • Standard Library Extensions (FP, OOP, Async...)
      • Hashing / Generating
      • Parsing / Manipulating (URL, Validator, i18n, Date, Numbers, Color, Text, Buffer / Blob...)
      • Logic, Network, Storage, NLP, ML...
  • Universal Web Apps / Web Pages
    • GUI Framework
      • View / ViewModel / ViewController (React)
      • Model / App State (Redux)
      • API (GraphQL)
      • GUI Architectures (MVC, MVP, PM, MVVM, Flux, Redux, Elm, MVI, SAM...)
    • UI Toolkits
      • CSS, React...
    • Standalone UI Components
      • Layout, Icon, Button, Form, Overlay, Picker, Content, Editor...
  • Client Side
    • UX Libraries
      • Drag & Drop, Gesture, Scrolling, Zoom, Tooltip, Tour...
    • Graphic Libraries
      • Animation (Effects, Loading, Scrolling, Parallax, Transition, Timeline, Motion / Curved Path...)
      • 2D (Canvas, SVG, Physics...), 3D (WebGL, Physics...)
      • Data Visualization, Game...
    • Hybrid Libraries
      • Electron, React Native
  • Server Side
  • Tooling
    • Testing
      • Unit Testing / Test Runner, Test Doubles
      • Web Testing (Integration Testing, Functional/E2E Testing, Visual testing, Monkey Testing, Headless Browsers)
      • Server-side Testing (Functional Testing, Load Testing)
      • Benchmark Testing
      • Analysis (Code Coverage, Node.js Security...)
    • Documentation
      • JS, API, CLI, CSS / Style Guide, Writing
    • Toolchain
      • Compiler / Transpiler / Preprocessor (Babel, PostCSS...)
      • Loader / Builder / Bundler (Webpack, Rollup...)
      • Minifier / Compressor / Optimizer (Prepack, Babili / Uglify, imagemin, cssnano / clean-css...)
      • Formatter (Prettier, Stylefmt...)
      • Static Analysis (ESLint, Flow, StyleLint...)
      • Task Automation (npm scripts, Gulp...)
    • Workflow
      • Development (Micro Generator, Live Reload / Watch / Preview, Dev Tools, HTTP Inspector, Debugging Proxy...)
      • Deployment (Process Supervisor, Containers, Container Clusters, PaaS)
      • Monitoring (Error Tracking, Logging, APM...)
    • Command-line Environment (Mac)
      • Terminal, Homebrew, Zsh, Vim, Git, Docker, dotfiles, Utilities...
    • Command-line Libraries (Node.js)
      • Input (Options/Arguments Parser, Interactive, Configuration...)
      • Output (Color / Style, Icon, Updating Log, Notice, Columns, Curses, Drawing...)
      • Delivery, OS, API, Parser...
    • IDE / Editors
      • VSCode Plugins (UI, Formating, Operating, Static Analysis, Docs, Assistant, Integration...)
      • Atom Plugins (UI, Formating, Operating, Static Analysis, Docs, Assistant, Integration...)
      • Out-of-the-box Atom IDE, Other Electron-based IDE, Programming Fonts...
    • Useful Apps
      • Playground, Visual Tools, Viewer, Docs, Automation...
    • Collaboration
      • Version Control, ChatOps, Kanban, Markdown, Design...

A Subset as a Learning Path

  1. Open Web Platform
  2. HTML5 / Web APIs
  3. CSS Features
  4. Next Generation CSS
  5. Next Generation JS
  6. Platform Compatibility and Proposal Status
  7. Network
  8. Node.js
  9. npm Ecosystem
  10. Command-line Environment (Mac)
  11. IDE / Editors
  12. GUI Framework
  13. Microservices / API Services (Node.js)
  14. Testing

A Subset for Finding Libraries

A Subset for Architecture and Infrastructure






Platforms and Languages

Open Web Platform

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HTML5 / Web APIs

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CSS Features

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Next Generation CSS

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Next Generation JS

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Node.js

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Platform Compatibility and Proposal Status

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Cross-browser / Polyfill Libraries

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npm Ecosystem

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Universal Utility Libraries

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Universal Web Apps / Web Pages

GUI Framework

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UI Toolkits

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Standalone UI Components

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Client Side

UX Libraries

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Graphic Libraries

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Hybrid Libraries

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Server Side

Network

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Server-side Best Practices

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Microservices / API Services (Node.js)

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Server-side Libraries (Node.js)

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Cloud Services (Global)

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Cloud Services (China)

The evil twins inside the Great Firewall of China

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Tooling

Testing

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Documentation

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Toolchain

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Workflow

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Command-line Environment (Mac)

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Command-line Libraries (Node.js)

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IDE / Editors

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Useful Apps

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Collaboration

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