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Most Popular Npm GitHub Libraries

NameSizeLicenseAgeLast Published
hosted-git-info7.29 kBISC9 Years13 Sep 2023
@octokit/rest3.69 kBMIT6 Years11 Jul 2023
gh-pages11.58 kBMIT9 Years11 Aug 2023
download-git-repo5.66 kBMIT8 Years12 Oct 2019
github-slugger6.21 kBISC8 Years27 Oct 2022
@octokit/types1 BMIT4 Years10 Jul 2023
@octokit/core1 BMIT4 Years10 Jul 2023
@octokit/request11.46 kBMIT5 Years11 Jul 2023
@octokit/graphql8.51 kBMIT5 Years10 Jul 2023
@octokit/request-error1 BMIT4 Years7 Jul 2023
@octokit/plugin-paginate-rest1 BMIT4 Years10 Jul 2023
remark-gfm7.08 kBMIT3 Years18 Sep 2023
@octokit/auth-token6.2 kBMIT4 Years12 Jun 2023
@octokit/endpoint1 BMIT5 Years7 Jul 2023
hubot25.59 kBMIT12 Years16 Sep 2023

When Are GitHub Libraries Useful?

GitHub libraries, also known as repositories, are immensely beneficial for software and web developers in many ways. Often, you will find ready-made code that can help in getting started with the project quickly. Instead of writing an entire function or module from scratch, a suitable library from GitHub can be used.

In JavaScript, dependencies hosted on GitHub are typically managed with npm, the most commonly used package manager in the JavaScript ecosystem. Most importantly, this robust system exceptionally simplifies the process of installing, updating, and using software libraries.

GitHub is also handy when you want to contribute to open-source projects. Npm and GitHub have a tight linkage: npm packages can be hosted on GitHub, and npm can install packages directly from GitHub. This cross-connection provides a vibrant ecosystem of tools at your disposal.

What Functionalities Do GitHub Libraries Usually Have?

GitHub libraries offer a boatload of functionalities that can make the life of developers easier. These functionalities vary from simple utilities to complex frameworks.

  1. Version Control - Every GitHub repository serves as a version control system. This means you can track changes, create branches, merge code, and revert to the previous version if needed.

  2. Issue Tracking - GitHub repositories provide a simple yet robust system for issue tracking. Users can raise issues, developers can respond, and everyone can track the progress.

  3. Documentation - Most GitHub libraries come with complete documentation, which is typically provided in README files. The npm package manager also supports README files, displaying them in the package's details on the npm website.

  4. Package.json - For JavaScript libraries on GitHub, you'll often find a package.json file. This file contains metadata about the library, such as its name, version, dependencies, scripts, and more. Npm uses this file to determine the library's dependencies and the versions required.

Gotchas/Pitfalls to Look Out For

While GitHub libraries can be extremely useful, there are potential pitfalls to watch out for.

  1. Outdated Libraries - Before using a library, check to see if itโ€™s up-to-date. Outdated libraries might have security vulnerabilities or may not fully support newer functionalities.

  2. Dependency Conflicts - When working with npm, dependency conflicts can occur. This happens when two libraries depend on the same library but require different versions. Careful management of package versions is required to ensure compatibility.

  3. Lack of Documentation - A GitHub library without thorough documentation can become tricky to use. Before integrating a library, check if it has adequate documentation.

  4. Unmaintained Libraries - GitHub libraries that are no longer maintained may have unaddressed issues and bugs. Before choosing a library, check its activity status.

  5. License Check - Different libraries come with different licenses. Always check and understand the license before integrating a library from GitHub. This helps avoid potential legal issues down the road.