10 open source projects to watch this year

Open source software projects may not typically have the marketing budgets necessary to match launch events like the one Microsoft just held for Office 2013, but that doesn’t mean their products are any less valuable.

Canonical surely came close in terms of hype with its Ubuntu phone announcement just after New Year’s, but this week Black Duck Software brought a brand-new crop of open players to light.

Following up on last year’s list, Black Duck released its “2012 Open Source Rookies of the Year” on Wednesday, highlighting 10 key up-and-comers worth watching over the coming year.

This year’s ‘Rookies’

Ready for a run-down? Here are 10 projects to keep an eye on:

1. Ansiblea configuration management, deployment, and ad-hoc task execution tool.

2. Chaplin.jsan architecture for JavaScript applications that uses the Backbone.js library. “It provides a lightweight and flexible structure that features well-proven design patterns and best practices,” Black Duck explains.

3. GPUImagean iOS library that allows users to apply GPU-accelerated filters and other effects to images, live camera video, and movies.

4. Hammer.jsa JavaScript library that enables multitouch gestures for the mobile Web.

5. InaSAFEwhich produces realistic natural hazard impact scenarios to enable better planning, preparedness, and response.

6. Yahoo! Mojitoa JavaScript MVC framework for mobile and Web applications running on client and server.

7. Sidekiqwhich provides simple, efficient message processing for Ruby.

8. Sytea packaged personal site with social app integrations including Twitter and GitHub.

9. Twitter Bowera package manager for the Web that aims to make it easy to install images, CSS, and more, including managing dependencies.

10. TypeScripta language for application-scale JavaScript development that offers a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript.

Black Duck did also name an honorable mention, it’s worth noting: DCPUToolChain, which is an assembler, compiler, emulator, and Integrated Development Environment for the DCPU-16 virtual CPU.


courtesy: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2026718/10-open-source-projects-to-watch-this-year.html

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