To answer those questions, I built bestof.js.org.
Every day, bestof.js.org aggregate data from Github stars for more than 800 projects related to the web technologies.
In addition, I wanted to keep on learning about the latest technologies and the good practices, building a real-world application.
So I wrote an article called “Rising Stars 2016”, providing graphs about Github stars and writing an analysis split into 10 categories: front-end frameworks, mobile, testing, node.js, tooling, IDE…
The article, published in January 2017 was quite popular, I got 150,000 page views during 3 days, thanks to Hacker News buzz.
The article has been translated in 2 languages by several contributors: