Who, Where, What, Why and Next

JSConf Asia, 2019-06-16

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Who is this guy?

Laurie Voss

Chief Data Officer & co-founder, npm Inc.


This is a talk about microfrontends

Not really

What are we talking about?

  • Who are we?
  • Where are we deploying?
  • What are we using?
  • Why are we doing this stuff?
  • Next: what's in the future?

What are you

getting out of this?

  1. A warm fuzzy feeling
  2. A thing to migrate away from
  3. A new exciting thing to learn

How do I know this stuff?

  1. npm Registry download stats
  2. The npm 2018/2019 user survey
  3. The State of JavaScript Survey 2018

State of CSS

Disclaimer 1:

This talk contains both fact and opinions

Please do not get mad about graphs.

Disclaimer 2:

"Most popular" is not the same as "best"

But popularity remains a useful metric.

Disclaimer 3:

I swear a lot


npm: the biggest software registry, ever

JavaScript: biggest on GitHub

JavaScript: biggest on Stack Overflow

JavaScript is the most popular programming language ever

JavaScript developers are getting more sophisticated

JavaScript developers are getting more experienced with npm


of JavaScript users use npm

More experienced users care more

about best practices

We care about security more

npm audit

and npm audit fix

335,775,921 audits in the last 30 days

npm Enterprise

  • Share and discover internal JS
  • Full search
  • Package pages and online docs
  • SSO (Google, Okta, Auth0, etc.)
  • Security and compliance reporting

29% of JavaScript developers can't use certain licenses


it's funny but nobody likes it

25% of JavaScript devs don't consider it their primary language

Other primary languages for JavaScript devs


97% of JavaScript developers write code for browsers

Desktop web vs. mobile web

Native apps

What does that mean though?

Native apps

Native desktop apps

  • 26% of developers write native desktop apps
  • 21% of developers say they use Electron
  • What do the other 5% use?

Native mobile frameworks

Deploy targets


The registry always grows

Everything in the registry grows

Share of Registry


has conquered

the web

63% of JavaScript developers use React

47% of JavaScript devs write React some or most of the time

AngularJS and Angular

are totally different things with the same name.

37% of npm users write AngularJS or Angular

  • 20% AngularJS (1.x)
  • 29% Angular (2.x+)

27% of JavaScript devs use Vue

Web components

We're just not that into them.

Back-end frameworks

...remember them?

Server Side Rendering

Everything old is new again.

Doesn't this seem kind of familiar?

Express still dominates

8% of JavaScript devs use Gatsby

9% of JavaScript devs use Next.js

5% of JavaScript devs use Nuxt

Nest.js: it's a thing!


GraphQL: get on board

The hottest trend in JavaScript

is not writing JavaScript

63% of JavaScript devs use TypeScript

36% of JavaScript devs write TypeScript some or most of the time

The @types scope


use any language on the web

WebAssembly on npm

The call is coming from inside the house.

WebAssembly: early days


Team A | Team B

Why is JavaScript so popular?

Empirical Analysis of Programming Language Adoption

Meyerovich & Rabkin, 2013

The inescapable pull of JavaScript libraries

The reluctant JavaScripters

This happened already

TypeScript is being driven by reluctant JavaScripters

WebAssembly frees the reluctant from JavaScript

Don't fear the WASM

Why is React so popular?

React: the component model the web always wanted

React component libraries

React hooks

React: its own gravity well?

But... Vue

The back-end:

a whole new world

Is letting React take over

a good idea?


Right now: tink

Run "npx tink" to try it yourself!

Soon: a component-based future

Don't fear the app builder


Native apps

"With great power comes great responsibility"

– Gandalf, probably?

I ❤️ you


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