Your weekly update of interesting happenings in the world of JavaScript - feel free to discuss, and help to bring some new ideas to light.

From around the web

Introduction to HTML5 Desktop Apps With Node-Webkit
What is React? (and why do we need it)
Beyond pushState — building single page applications
Google Dart target: Chrome soon! Other browsers...someday

For the techies

Meta-programming JavaScript Using Proxies
Functional JavaScript for crawling the Web
Closures in JavaScript — same problem, different day
JS Trailing Comma Remover

Resources

JavaScript Patterns Collection — also covering antipatterns
Interesting frontend webdevelopment links from 2012/2013 — with nice JavaScript section
50 Javascript Tools & Resources from 2013
Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows — including a couple of JS gems.

Libraries

visage|SDK for HTML5 — face tracking in JavaScript
countUp.js — dependency-free, lightweight JavaScript "class" to create animations with numerical data
Semicolon.js — the most useful JavaScript library for cargo cult programmers
International Telephone Input — adds a flag dropdown to any input, which lists all the countries and their international dial codes next to their flags

So what do you make of these recent going ons?

Is node-webkit the next big thing? Are you still confused by closures? Do you have your own list of resources to share?

Either way, we'd be glad to hear your opinion.

Please PM us if you have anything of interest for the next issue, and happy reading! - Paul & Pullo