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JavaScript Influencers to Follow in 2021🤩

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Well, here we are going to list down some of the well-known JavaScript influencers. Although, before we head towards the list let's take an overview of JavaScript.

What is Javascript?

Well, JavaScript is one of the oldest programming languages. It is a text-based programming language used both on the client-side and server-side that allows you to make web pages interactive. Besides, it is easy to learn and use. Also, it is a very powerful scripting language, widely used for controlling web page behavior.

For more details refer: Which is the best JavaScript framework in 2021?

What are JavaScript influencers and why do they matter?

Well, JavaScript influencers are people with knowledge and expertise in the field i.e JavaSCript. They are also connected to the audience from the field you’re trying to reach.

Furthermore, because they are connected to your target audience, they also have a great influence over that audience’s decisions because of their level of trustworthiness and expertise in the industry.

If you are working with JavaScript projects then you must keep in check the following influencers for great tips, ideas, and connection opportunities.

Now, the following are some of the best JavaScript influencers to follow in 2021. Some of them are creators of well know JavaScript frameworks such as VueJS, some are recognized developers/ designers that can inspire your work as well.

So, let's check them out.

EVAN YOU

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An independent software developer and the creator of the open-source JavaScript framework Vue.js.

SARAH DRASNER

Sarah drasner

She makes tools for developers, projects, and on the Vue.js core team. She is also VP of Developer Experience at Netlify, a company that makes it quick and straightforward to deploy sites. Besides, she is a staff writer for CSS-Tricks and has also written a book on SVG Animations from O’Reilly. In addition, she is a Frontend Master: she has courses on Vue, Nuxt, SVG Animation, and Design for Developers, all of the materials of which are open-sourced on this here site.

DAN ABRAMOV

Dan Abramove

Reactjs

TJ HOLOWAYCHUK

TJ HOLOWAYCHUK

Founder of http://apex.sh

SINDRE SORHUS

SINDRE SORHUS

Full-time open-sourcerer

ADDY OSMANI

ADDY OSMANI

Engineering Manager at Google working on Chrome & Web Platform

SOPHIE ALPERT

Sophie Alpert

Currently head of engineering at Humu. Former eng manager of @reactjs at Facebook.

PAUL IRISH

PAUL IRISH

front-end developer and work on the Google Chrome team focused on Developer Tooling. He’s a front-end developer. He is an expert in making slick, awesome mobile websites. Paul’s blog dispenses with small talk. He gets right into the code behind the design. If you’re familiar and comfortable with CSS coding or WebKit, then he is the guy to keep in check.

MIKE BOSTOCK

MIKE BOSTOCK

Creator @d3.

MARK OTTO

MARK OTTO

Mark otto is a principal Design & Brand Architect at @github. He is the creator of Bootstrap a most used and loved free and open-source CSS framework directed at responsive, mobile-first front-end web development. Because of its high demand Free bootstrap admin templates are often used for responsive web app development.

JOHN PAPA

JOHN PAPA

Create courses for Pluralsight, and work in Developer Relations.

ASHLEY WILLIAMS

ASHLEY WILLIAMS

Rust Foundation ED. @rustlang core. Previously, at Cloudflare, she was a systems engineer that wrote, wrangler, the official CLI tool, that connects developers to Cloudflare's edge application platform, Workers.

JEREMY ASHKENAS

JEREMY ASHKENAS

JESSICA LORD

JESSICA LORD

Urban designer turned open-source developer.

CHRIS COYIER

Chris Coyier

He is a web designer and developer. He has built CSS-Tricks, a website all about building websites.

He is also the co-founder of CodePen, a playground for front-end web development. It’s a social development environment for front-end designers and developers.

RYAN DAHL

RYAN DAHL

The creator of node.js

Christian Nwamba

Javascript influencer

He is a JavaScript Open Source Developer. He has worked on Vue projects.

Gift Egwuenu

Javascript influencer

She is a front-end engineer and technical writer. Apart from the frontend developer, she is passionate about making the web accessible to everyone and advocating for building open and inclusive developer communities.

Samantha Ming

Javascript influencer

Front End Developer


Conclusion:

So, here was the list of some JavaScript influencers that you should follow. These influencers are highly active and always in touch with new trends and possibilities.

By connecting with them you can keep yourself up to date with all the latest news, technology, updates, etc. Also, because of their vast experience, you can always get benefits from their advice, tutorials, and examples.

Do tell us your suggestions regarding influencers that we should mention here. Also, don't forget to bookmark and share this collection.

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Sylwia Vargas • Edited

Given how very not diverse this list of recommendations is, I’m curious what your research process was?

You missed quite a few women and black devs with high following. Was this intentional, or more connected to your research process?

EDIT: I see you’ve added Sophie Alpert and Ashley Williams (who’s a Rust dev, though) — please continue your research ✨ I added a list in one of the comments below.

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Oskar Codes

The OP just posted an article about famous and influential devs, so why ask for diversity? If these are the most infuential devs in the OP's opinion, there shouldn't be any problems about diversity.

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Sylwia Vargas

My question is about the research process because clearly many “influential” devs have been overlooked.

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Oskar Codes • Edited

The OP has the right to share these influential devs if those are the ones who have had the most influence on him. It might just be plain randomness that it isn’t as diverse as you’d like. Stop taking everything personally, and stop thinking everything is discrimination.

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Sylwia Vargas • Edited

It is a plain request for clarification on the research process -- your explanation that the OP has "the right to share these influential devs" is unnecessary because I am not taking that right away. My expectation, as a tech writer, is that other authors will have a research process in place and that they will be transparent about it. If the research process consists of just enumerating their favorites, that's fine by me as long as they are transparent about it (which they are not).

Also fyi:

Stop taking everything personally, and stop thinking everything is discrimination.

comes across as quite condescending -- please address other members of the community with respect, especially if you don't know them and have not engaged with their comments before. Given how rarely I engage in such conversations, the hyperbole you used there is less indicative of my ways of being than of how you feel about questions regarding diversity. This is something I'm inviting you to think about.

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Atul Prajapati

You are right sylwia I also feeling something like that 🙅🏻‍♂️

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eavnitech

You are right,
I dont even know anyone.

blacklivesmatter

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themeselection Author • Edited

You might have missed the conclusion. We are open to suggestions and we have written in the conclusion that you can suggest influencers that we can include.

Also, this post is regarding JavaScript Influencers. So, kindly suggest any JavaScript influencer you have in mind and we will include him/her.

About intentions: Neither we promote racism nor we are gender bias, so there is no need to point it out. We haven't intentionally opted out any based on color or gender.

Thank you. 🙂

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Sylwia Vargas • Edited

Thank you for your answer.

I’m still curious about your research process. How did you choose the folks? And, now that you brought it up, who you perceive as influencer? Is it the following base on Twitter?

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Sylwia Vargas

Well, if you’re curious, I trust you’ll google it! Try for instance: “women to follow in tech”, or “black JS devs Twitter”. That’s the best way to fulfill your curiosity — you don’t need to ask other people to do this for you!

However, even though I typically don’t do other people’s homework, here are a few JS devs who are not white cishet men just to get you started:

  • Sophie Alpert (60,7k followers)
  • Monica Powell (9k)
  • Tae’lur Alexis (51,3k)
  • Samantha Ming (22,5k)
  • Gift Egwuenu (18,3k)
  • Christian Nwamba (39,8k)
  • Ania Kubow (31,9k)
  • Kapehe_ok (11,3k)
  • Cassidy Williams (152,3k)
  • Laurie Barth (22,3k)
  • Kelsey Hightower (122,4K)
  • Kefimochi (18k)
  • Sara Vieira (34,4K)
  • Amelia Wattenberger (15,3k)
  • Nicole Archambault (12,9k)
  • Marcy Stutton (22,1k)
  • Mandy Mitchell (11,3k)
  • Molly Struve (15,8k)

I hope that you are still curious! And that you will follow them.

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themeselection Author

Thank you very much for your suggestion.👍 We will go through the profiles and will include them.

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Sylwia Vargas

Great! I’d also appreciate an answer to my two questions:

  • what was your research process?
  • how do you define an “influencer” in this context?
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themeselection Author

Thanks,

A1. JavaScript Influencer
A2. Based on the popular framework they had created, supported, and few others to diversify as much as we can.

I request you to consider that a list can be different based on the compilation of the authors and we're just creating a list that can be helpful to other developers. We have not considering black, white, women, or man.

We're open to update and improve just request you all to not move this topic in another direction 🙏

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To your last point -> yes, it is a list. It is a product of someone’s research, a product that overlooked quite a few “influencers” (regardless of the influencer definition here - a person who creates content, who creates branded content, a creator of a framework, or a dev with high following). It is completely legitimate to ask for a clarification on the research process and on the definition of the key term used here. Why such a vulgar, completely unwarranted, reaction?

I see that you must be feeling very strongly about this since this is only your second comment in two years on this platform.

It seems like you’re treating diversity and inclusion like a joke. I know that diversification of tech may feel threatening but it’s happening and it is very much not “Hollywood bullshit”. In fact, diverse teams produce better outcomes and cater to larger audience. Which part of this is “Hollywood bullshit” to you?

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The title is "javascript influencers to follow". Nothing to do with skin color or gender. It's about influence and Javascript. There are at least 3 people (and yes, one of them is a woman) who have more influence on me and I would put them on my list. But I didn't complain, because I'm not an author and the list is a personal opinion of an author, who put his time into that list.

What you could have done is make a comment, where you say "Thx for the list, here is my suggestion of people..."
In that way, you are providing some more content to the article.
When you say "you must be feeling very strongly about this", you are saying what? That I'm racist? Also that I'm scared of women and diversification. I mean, it is a joke.

We have 50% women in a company. Many of them are developers. Why would I care about that? As long as there are decent human beings and doing their job, they can be green aliens...

All I see is a list of individual influencers, nothing to do with team diversity, so I don't get why are you sending me these articles.

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Sylwia Vargas

It’s interesting that you view a genuine question about research process as complaining.

And, I just remarked on that you don’t engage with folks on this platform and then write a very vulgar comment. Both are indicators of strong emotions. That’s it ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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Sylwia Vargas • Edited

So what is it in talking about gender and people of color that “TRIGGERS” you?

(also, if you bothered to check my comments, you’d actually lose your bet)

And, again: a question about the research process and possible unconscious bias is not fighting, as much as it’s not complaining. It is a question on how decisions are made and as a tech writer myself, I know folks owe transparency on these issues to their readers.

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jordanaf808

Thanks for bringing this topic up. It's an important point to make and I think deserves it's own article here! Yes it may cause some drama in the comments section, but we all need to know how to talk about touchy subjects constructively. Another point to bring up possibly, is 'confirmation bias'. Some people, whether knowingly or not, have little to no understanding or experience with racism or diversity, thus affecting their opinions on it. This problem of 'confirmation bias' exists in tech as well. Facebook or Youtube for example, want to keep you on their platform consuming content, so their algorithms will find stuff that you want to click on and hide stuff that you might not want to click on. This can very often lead to people living in an echo chamber, not necessarily of their own making, but very much encouraged by the various systems around us. It is up to us to not fall for that and keep an open, understanding mind. ... the more you know :)

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Amelia Vieira Rosado

Didn't know this was a thing (JS Influencers..) 🤔

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Elior Boukhobza

Not sure about the "influencer" moniker. These people because of their works, not because they are "influencing". To me, influencers would be if these people are frequently posting stuff on Twitter to "influence" their followers, and I don't think they do (at least some of them)

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Christian Kozalla

You sure each of them would consider themselves an influencer?

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Ravi Krishnappa

Thanks for this article. Keep sharing.
When I publish my favorite philosophers, I never think whether I should consider their age, gender, sex, orientation, kids, assets, bank balance, skin color, hair color, height, baldness, education, followers etc. I like them because I like their thought process.

Keep writing. Be honest.

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themeselection Author

Thank you very much for your appriciation.🙂

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🅰️ GEEK

Addy Osmani is my favorite 🤩

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shadowtime2000

Ryan Dahl is also the creator of the Deno JS/TS runtime which he works on full time now. That may be worth listing.

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themeselection Author

Sure, we will. Thank you for suggesting.🙂

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Django Janny

Little mistake : Samantha Ming has the website of Sara Vieira...

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themeselection Author

Thank you for drawing our attention.🙂 We have corrected it.

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Atul Prajapati

Following already 😁

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Ajay Patel

I follow almost all of them 🎉

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Chittoji Murali Sree Krishna

Nice info, thanks for sharing this

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themeselection Author

Thank you very much for your appreciation. We are glad that you find this list helpful.🙂

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stefanovualto

Hi,

A few github links are wrong.

Thank you for the list!

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themeselection Author

Thank you very much for pointing this out. We have corrected the links.
Thank you for your appreciation.🙂

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anthony-grear

Pretty cool list- thanks!

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Ali Nazari • Edited

[The things] to [do] in [currentYear] are everywhere 😏

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Anthony Peruso

Thanks for taking the time and putting this together it’s extremely helpful! It’s always cool to see names and new influencers that I’ve never heard of before. I’m excited to see their contributions!

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themeselection Author

You are welcome. We are glad that you find this list useful.🙂

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eavnitech

blacklivesmatter

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Amelia Vieira Rosado

On another note: this has got to be the wildest comment section I have seen this week. Valid points were raised though... 🤔👀

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robvirtuoso

"Influencers" are overrated.

j/k