2015 saw the coming-together of Node.js and io.js, the introduction of ESLint 1.0 and and the adoption of ES6, among many other exciting things.
In no particular order...
1. Eric Elliott
2. Emma Jane
Emma Jane is the brilliant mind behind Git For Teams– an ever-growing resource aimed to support teams as they learn to work together, efficiently . Beyond creating content to inspire and help teams, Emma Jane has been quite the jetsetter this year delivering inspiring talks at OSCON and DrupalCon.
3. Wes Bos
4. Aria Stewart
For Aria Stewart, this year has been nothing short of amazing. Having contributed to the PayPal software experience in internationalization localization, Aria has become a familiar face in the Node community speaking at many conferences addressing the question of how do we really "read" code. Aria has since joined the team at npm where there is no doubt that her skills will continue to shine. Aria continues to be an advocate for open-source and works on a variety of projects including Camping at the Mailbox, the kraken.js framework, and several others.
5. Mikeal Rogers
The name Mikeal Rogers is never far behind any mentions of "Node.js". Mikeal is one of the primary proponents, champions and promoters of The Node Foundation and all that it has to offer. Mikeal played a pivotal role in bringing Node.js developers and organizations together this year at NodeSummit and NodeInteractive and continues to curate and organize fantastic experiences for both NodeConf & JSFest.
6. Kassandra Perch
7. Chris Williams and Laura Williams
The forces behind the magic that is JSConf, Chris Williams and Laura Williams ran not one, but two memorable JSConfs in 2015. Whether it's through robots, creating safe spaces or stepping outside of the standard conference playbook, Chris and Laura have shown us this year what can really be achieved when people that love the community and JS come together. Although they will no longer be organizing JSConf US– we can't wait to see what they will do next!
8. Pam Selle
9. Cody Lindley
10. Brian Leroux
11. Dr. Axel Rauschmayer
A familiar face to most, Dr. Axel Rauschmayer has made our list once again. If you've been paying attention at all to ECMScript-anything or reading JSWeekly, surely you will have come across his name. Dr. Axel continues to deliver fantastic content whether it's presenting at FluentConf or providing thought-leadership on Babel and ES via his blog.
12. Rebecca Murphey
13. Tim Pettersen
Fans of Bitbucket and Atlassian know the name Tim Pettersen well. As Developer Provocateur, Tim has done a fantastic job exciting and helping developers and as such, has played a pivotal role in growing and advancing the Atlassian ecosystem.
14. Rob Dodson
With everything that's happened on the library front this year, we would be remiss not to draw attention to the Polymer Project. One of the great minds behind Polymer is Rob Dodson. Throughout the course of the year, Rob has played a tremendous role in making it easier for developers to create fantastic components for the modern web. This is evident in the many talks he delivered at Chrome Dev Summit, Polymer Summit and QCon as well as in his infamous Polymer Polycasts.
15. Mathias Bynens
16. Elijah Manor
17. Reginald Braithewaite
18. Matthew Podwysocki
Open-Sourcerer, Matthew Podwysocki is the community lead for the RX.js library. With a focus on reactive programming at all scales, the Internet of Things, and improving technical education for kids, Matthew has made amazing strides through his various involvements. With his most recent talk at JSConf, Change the World With the Peer Web and Thali, we can't wait to see what Matthew will do in 2016!
19. Jafar Husain
As technical lead at Netflix, architect of @falcorjs and TC-39 Rep, Jafar Husain is someone to watch. Over the past year, Jafar has taught many about the Netflix philosophies surrounding asynchronous JS. His work with Falcor has helped many in the realms of efficient data fetching and has transformed general data access.
20. Una Kravets
Our last (but certainly not least) developer to follow is the inventive and effervescent Una Kravets. As Front-End Developer for IBM Design and Bluemix, podcast host of @toolsday and STEMinist, 2015 has been an unbelievable year for Una. From creative and pragmatic approaches to design to bringing awareness to the state of open source, Una has made a positive impact on the community at large. We can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for her!
Well, that's it for 2015!
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