Top 5 Open Source Examples


Open source is a special gift to people of walks of life who loves technology. The drive for open source created a whole lot of different species of people who were given the freedom to create and innovate existing technologies. Moreover, it allowed people get access to these technologies as they were distributed.

Today, you will hear about the pioneering open source software that became titans in their own space. Software such as the Linux kernel, Ubuntu, Samba, MySQL and others paved the way for the open source revolution in the late 1990s and early 2000s. These giants and pioneers are the reason why we enjoy web technologies of today.

Part of the core of TestableJavascript is the use of open source technology. We take pride in developing works of art using open source web technologies. Here’s a rundown of the top 5 open source examples that TestableJavascript believes created an impact to the web development landscape:

  1. Node.js

Node.js is all based on Javascript built on Google Chrome’s V8 JS engine. It’s a runtime environment designed for developing server-side Web applications. It is an open source cross platform that uses an event-driven and non-blocking I/O model. This makes it faster and way more efficient. Node.js was authored by Ryan Dahl and then it was eventually improved and innovated. It was initially released on May 27, 2009.

  1. Bootstrap

It’s one of the most popular open source software around and it’s become well known for extremely swift development of responsive designs. Bootstrap has its own complete set of powerful elements, such as buttons, forms, classes and grids, navigations, media queries, containers and JavaScript extensions. With more than 38,000 forks and 91,000 stars, it is no doubt the most starred project on GitHub.

  1. Krita

One of the most powerful graphics editor in the open source landscape today is Krita. It has a heavy focus on digital painting and illustration. Since the internet is awash with lots of illustration. Krita is being chosen by more and more designers in order to use digital painting and illustration to bring their web designs to life.

Most of the formatting of Krita is in vector but it’s embraced by a lot of web designers who are more into the traditional look.

  1. Notepad++

Notepad++ is the most used and most popular source code editor for Microsoft Windows. This open source application provides syntax highlighting, tabbed editing as well as code folding for more than 50 scripting, markup and programming languages. It has a huge community support at the same time a vast amount of plugins. Notepad++ supports Bookmark, Macro recording and playback, and PCE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace.

  1. Firebug

One of the most popular tools used by web developers is the Firebug. It’s a Mozilla Firefox extension that facilitates debugging, editing and monitoring HTLM, Javascript and CSS on a live website page. It was developed in 2006 by Joe Hewitt with the following key features:

  • Checks and edits HTML
  • Perfects CSS through tweaks
  • CSS metrics visualization
  • Network activity monitoring
  • JavaScript debugging and profiling
  • Finds errors quickly
  • DOM exploration
  • On-the-fly JavaScript execution
  • JavaScript logging
  • Cookies management