next-update answers the question: “Is it safe to upgrade my npm module’s dependencies?” #

Upgrading your library’s dependencies can be a scary proposition. Not upgrading your library’s dependencies can be even scarier. Thankfully, next-update is here to help. Let’s imagine:

You would like to update lodash and async to latest versions, but not sure if this would break anything. With next-update it is easy.

You run the next-update command and it tells you whether or not updating any of your dependencies breaks you tests. If you don’t have tests, I guess you should go write some…

101: A modern JS utility library #

Lots of goodies to be had with Tejesh Mehta’s 101 utility lib. What makes it different than Underscore/Lodash, you ask?

  1. 101 will be maintained to minimize overlap with vanilla JS
  2. No need for custom builds

In addition to functional versions of many JS built-ins (and, or, equals, etc.), 101 also boasts a bunch of identity functions, pluck, hasProperties, omit, and more.

MetricsGraphics.js uses D3 to visualize time-series data with ease #

Speaking of D3, Mozilla open sourced a library they use on top of D3 to visualize time-series data in a “principled, consistent and responsive way.”

If you’re serious about visualizations, you’ll still want to learn D3 itself, but it’s great when we can optimize and simplify common use cases. That’s exactly what MetricsGraphics.js does. Here’s a taste:

metrics-graphics-examples

Check out all of the examples of what’s possible here:

Strip: A side loading Lightbox that works great at all sizes #

Great idea and solid execution on a less intrusive responsive Lightbox:

Strip is a Lightbox that only partially covers the page. This makes it less intrusive and leaves room to interact with the page on larger screens while giving smaller mobile devices the classic Lightbox experience.

Check out the demos on the Strip homepage to see what the buzz is all about.

Gulp as an (OS X) app #

A powerful command-line tool married to a slick GUI is a beautiful thing. Sindre Sorhus’ gulp-app is just that.

gulp-app

It’s OS X only at the moment, but expansion to other operating systems is on the road map.