The ECMA262 Standard, ratified after Netscape and Microsoft (mostly) agreed to make JavaScript and JScript interoperable.

Ways To Avoid Writing JavaScript

I’ve taken to looking for alternative ways to develop in JavaScript that don’t require me to put up with its syntax and overall insanity. Here’s a few I like (mostly compilers, since that’s what makes the most sense for me):

Category Date Link Notes
Compilers Jun 5 Opal A Ruby transpiler
Nov 18th Elm A functional language that compiles to JavaScript
wisp A homoiconic LISP dialect with Clojure syntax and macros
pythonium A Python 3 to JavaScript translator


Most of these are library-independent. Check my jQuery page for more, since there’s an entire sub-culture that believes it to be JavaScript programming in and by its own…

Category Date Link Notes
UI elements Aug’15 dragula a drag and drop library
Jul’15 lazysizes For lazy image loading
May’14 Framerjs For designing interactive prototypes
Oct’13 Odometer A library for counters with smooth transitions
rainbow.js A slim progress bar
nprogress Another slim progress bar
Jun’12 Mousetrap a very nice way to handle keyboard shortcuts
Feb 26’11 Color Wheel A great color picker component
Sep 17 Roar Two Growl-like components done with MooTools
Window.Growl 2.0
Timeframe Amazing calendar widget with support for date range selection.
Data Binding Sep 18 knockout.sync.js A very nice Knockout extension that allows you to sync data among clients and backends
Canvas and Graphing Dec’15 smartcrop.js Content-aware image cropping
Jan’14 glsl-transition A library that uses GL shaders for transitions
Oct 20’13 GoJS A commercial charting and diagramming library
Sep 18’13 svgjs A lightweight library for SVG handling
May 7’13 Two.js An intriguing API that supports a number of back-ends (svg, canvas and WebGL)
Feb 17’13 GoJS An amazing charting library with support for flowcharts, swimlanes, and a number of business process diagrams.
Sep 25’12 Ejecta A fast GL-backed canvas library for iOS
jsPlumb A Yahoo pipes-like library.
Jun 25’11 paper.js Amazing open source vector graphics scripting framework that runs on top of the HTML5 Canvas
Apr 21’10 Akibahara A wonderful set of small libraries to clone 8-bit era arcade games,
Jan 19’10 Highcharts A very comprehensive charting library.
Jan 1’10 Raphael An amazing vector library, with a charting companion that will knock your socks off.
Dec 3’09 Parcycle: A Particle System with HTML5 canvas Pretty damn amazing.
Nov 6’08 JavaScript Information Visualization Toolkit A pretty comprehensive set of resources
Dec 16’07 Safari Programming Topics
Firefox 1.1 Canvas Support
Timeline a draggable DHTML timeline widget
Forms and Input Oct 27’13 date A date parser that can take pseudo-natural language strings
Sep 20’13 focus-transition should be the default everywhere
Feb 1’13 Kalendae a very impressive, framework-agnostic date picker
Dec 16’07 Auto-Tab
JavaScript Calendar
HTML Tabbed Dialog Widget
XLoadTree dynamically loading tree control
Text Formatting Codeblock.js A nice way to provide code samples.
Feb 1’13 Rainbow A nice syntax highlighter
Jan 1’10 google-code-prettify A source code prettifier with support for multiple programming languages.
jsMath: A Method of Including Mathematics in Web Pages An amazing (re)interpretation of TeX
Oct 21’09 JavaScript Prettifier Simple to use and effective
Sep 17’09 To Title Case A port of Gruber’s title case script
Dec 16’07 Showdown a Markdown port
Highlight.js two interesting syntax highlighters
Syntax Highlighter
Diff Algorithm
Search Engine Keyword Highlight yes, I know it’s cheating – but it works fine when you don’t want to hack your back-end.
Tools May’12 javascript.tmbundle An indispensable TextMate add-on (the autocompletion features alone are priceless)
Apr’11 PhantomJS A complete WebKit web stack, made scriptable via JavaScript. Awesome for testing, rendering pages to raster formats, etc.
3D Mar’12 cannon.js An amazing physics engine.
Mar’11 adamia-3d A pure JS library with an interesting math component.
CopperLicht A full-featured 3D engine.
three.js Probably the current (best) bet to work with WebGL. (some interesting samples here
Toolkits Sep’14 js-csp All the fun of Clojure core.async without the beauty.
Oct’13 Riot.js An opinionated take on MVP
Oct’13 Minified.js A tiny replacement for jQuery/Zepto/etc.
May’13 Bookshelf.js A sane ORM.
Feb’13 PouchDB A local storage wrapper with the ability to work offline and sync with a remote source.
anima.js A tiny, but flexible animation library.
uilayer A very nice abstraction for managing content positioning and animation using layers (and 3D transforms).
Rekapi A keyframe animation library with tweening.
Aug’11 Underscore A small but powerful functional programming toolkit.
Mar’11 php.js Useful for porting across app logic.
Feb 20’11 CoffeeScript Sanity, restored.
Nov 7’09 Closure A compiler, library and toolchain by Google.
Dec 16’07 Taffy DB an interesting “database” library.
Prototype heavily driven by Rails
dojo Toolkit a UI toolkit for dynamic website implementation
Moo.fx very lightweight (3KB)
JQuery it’s everywhere these days.
Server-side Dec’14 Ducktape An embeddable JavaScript engine
May 16’10 node.js An event-oriented framework for doing I/O using Google’s V8 engine.
UI Frameworks Apr 10’10 UKI A simple UI kit for complex web apps that was used to do a complete mock-up
Nov 7’09 Cappuccino Utterly amazing, and used by very complex web apps like 280 Slides and Mockingbird
Media Dec 16’07 Smooth SlideShow Library
OpenLayers a map navigation UI
Ken Burns Slideshows
iPhoto-like image resizing using Javascript
GreyBox a Mac OS X like popup.
fadomatic cross-browser DIV fader
Walter Zorn vector drawing, graphing, and other amazing stuff
image cross fader
Development Apr 17’10 Learning Advanced Javascript An interactive tutorial.
Dec 16’07 Jash: JavaScript Shell
Escaping regular expression characters
JSLint an interesting lint adaptation for JavaScript
Lumberjack a set of logging utilities
JSAN CPAN for JavaScript, of a sort
Mouse Input Dec 16’07 Drag-and-Drop Sortable Lists
Drag-and-Drop Library
Mouse Wheel Programming
Pie Menus a nice Pie Menus Menus implementation.
Tables Dec 16’07 ActiveScripts Grid an impressive grid control
Sortable Table
Standartista Table Sorting
Sortable and Groupable Table
Ajax related Dec 16’07 LiveSearch the stuff I used on this site’s search box for a while
Everything about the XML HTTP Request intrinsic object that which is now being dubbed Ajax. I wonder how far we are from Tide.
JPSPAN a server-to- JavaScript bridge using the XML HTTP object and some very clever data conversion.
SAJAX a similar effort geared towards PHP


Associative Arrays in JavaScript

// Taken from:

function dict () {
    var keys = [];
    var values = [];

    return {
        get: function (key) {
            return values[keys.indexOf(key)]

        set: function (key, value) {
            var i = keys.indexOf(key);
            if (i === -1) {
                i = keys.length;
            keys[i] = key;
            values[i] = value;

        del: function (key) {
            var i = keys.indexOf(key);
            keys.splice(i, 1);
            values.splice(i, 1);

        keys: function () {
            return keys.slice();

        values: function () {
            return values.slice();

See Also

The Sad State of Web DevelopmentGo (lang)Clojure(Script)Edge’s JavaScript engine to go open-source
JavaScriptPlotly.js Open-Source AnnouncementThe Quest For a WYSIWYG Input ElementThe Verge's web sucks
LISPEditing TimePythonVisualization
A JS framework on every tableHubPress, a web application to build your Blog on GitHubGetting Hy On Dokku With New RelicErlang
Python Patterns - Server-Sent EventsMy Deep, Dark SecretJavaScript for Automation Release NotesEnvironmental Picks
RubyJavaScript for Automation Release NotesWWDC 2014Meditation In C#
TextilePHPjQueryGame Mechanic Explorer
My Neck Is Killing Me...WinJS: the Windows Library for JavaScriptiPhone and iPad DevelopmentEarly Spring
Time MachineFrida code injection and tracingThree TwistsWeapons For a More Civilized Age
AnglesIf Programming Languages Were Martial ArtsGhostAndroid App Development with Clojure
Getting some ClojureCoder for Raspberry PiRe-using Individual FontAwesome GlyphsSummer Hardware
Python Patterns, Take OneWhy mobile web apps are slowPhantomJSInK 2.0
GoingLight Table 0.4JSONA Chequered Past
vimTwitter BootstrapQtzweb: A Quartz Composer to WebGL & JavaScript CompilerSkulpt
BrythonTwitterMarkdownJavaScript Side Effects
Geddy - A Structured Node.js FrameworkAnother Working YearXMPPA Big Slice of Raspberry Pi
Chrome for iOSOn Coda 23D PrintingRStudio
Varnishing RetinasBada BingSencha Touch 2.0Farewell Composer, We Hardly Knew Ye
Quiet NightsTextMateTangle: reactive documentsStraight Talk on Event Loops
A Simple Frontend Strategy for Mobile WebappsA Simple Frontend Strategy for Mobile WebappsDart DisclaimerGiving QCRenderer a breather
Loki Render, RebootedSlimitFive Updates1Password and Dropbox (security tweaks wanted)
php.jsCSS TechniquesOtherWikisiPad Simulator
Serial NumbersJavascript Lorem Ipsum GeneratorTiny NodesJavaScript InfoVis Toolkit + WebGL
Dropping TextjQuery MobileSo FarArs reviews Android 2.2 on the Nexus One
The JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit 2.0 is out!Safari 5 tested: Chrome, Opera still have JavaScript edgeSmokescreenSite Designs
HTML5 presentationBookmarkletsMicrosoftGordon, a Flash runtime written in pure JavaScript
Another World ported to JavaScript and the canvas tagSunburst Visualization at OverfloaterOpacityGrowl
JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit Version 1.1.3Google Reader supportFontJazz - Embed fonts on web pagesAdSweep - An ad blocker for your favorite web browser (like Adblock)
Tackling The Stupidity Of The DiggBarXUL Extensions and Add-OnsSpectrumLong Missive From The Trenches Of Parenting
Bespin: Code in the CloudGraphvizDoing Stuff, When I CanPre-lude
2008 in Review, 2009 HazyTwitter ChartsMobile SafariBridging the iPhone GAP
jQuery, Microsoft, and NokiaHTTPAnnouncing CappuccinoGoogle Chrome, Google's Browser Project
The birth of a faster monkeySqueeze me, Citrix...HashiiTW - a TiddlyWiki for iPhone
Actions Speak Louder Than WordsDelicious 2.0jgrowlFive things that are still broken in browsers, ten years later
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Processing.jsjsviI, for one, welcome our new diapered overlordsTweetWheel
URL TriggerSafari 3.1iCopy - Copy and Paste for your iPhone and iPod TouchThe Joy of Webpads
Regarding iPods, Developers and Attention SpansGoogleArchives again, at lastSniff browser history for improved user experience
FancyZoom 1.0TabulateKindling MobilityHOWTO: Write iSync Phone Plugins
Mail.appHumanized Messages for jQueryPhotoShop-like JavaScript Color PickerJavaScript Tune Ups
CoverFlowA Bank That "Gets" OnlineThe nPhonejQuery for JavaScript programmers
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Fresh NewsWeekend CodingTIBCO General InterfaceHalibuts and Shrimps
Prototype EpiphaniesTag, You're ItEXIFAjax
John GruberMac OS XLaggingBuilding The Anti-Wiki
Rails (Ruby on Rails)MochiKitResources:XML
An Oddly Good Monday(Very) Odds and EndsThe Citrix Dashboard WidgetPlaceless GTD
Morning News BreakMiscellaneous HacktivityPlayStation PortableMobile Comparison Shopping
A Quiet Day...Foundations of AjaxNews FlushReferrer Spam Prediction: Heavy Downpour
News Station Portable?XSLTBack To WorkRelax, Me?
Link ModeLink ModeGISHalf a Day
10.3.9 - Safari in Uncharted LandsCatching UpMiss Congenial
The Bayesian Thing, AgainHatching SnakesFive Things That Keep Annoying Me About TVPaging all Bloglines Subscribers
Predictions for 2005Holiday LullUnwindingWelcome to Kubrick
Nokia 9500I Hope Kelkoo Gets A ClueVertical ForeshorteningThe Ugliest Phones In The World, and Then Some
Coralizing Your SiteThe Trackback GameThe Bloglines MysterySimon Says: Use Purple Numbers
The Eleventh CommandmentDumb IdeasSurface TensionAmid The Midlets
JavaScript/overLIBJavaScript/jsFindThe Long WeekCutting Corners
Tungsten T3 SD WoesMicrosoft vs Eolas UpdateMicrosoft to change IE - Web standards at last?New Photo Album
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