March Madness Comes to GitHub

Cheer on your favorite repositories as they go for the win

Few things in the world of programming are as universal as GitHub. Boasting over 4 million users, the code-sharing site prides itself on being the largest code host in the world. With over 8 million repositories and counting, it’s a point that’s hard to argue against.

One of the popular features of GitHub is the top trending repositories on the platform. Running a top repository on GitHub and getting the recognition from the open source community is hard work. Staying on top is even more difficult and requires some serious dedication.

As true fans of open source and college basketball, Team WhiteSource decided this year to apply some of our enthusiasm from the tournament into our passion for great open source projects. Like the March Madness tournament, it’s impossible to predict who will come out on top every week. On the way there could be major upsets and we could see unknown projects become the top dog on GitHub.

Week One

Since the start of the college basketball tournament, we followed GitHub’s top eight trending repositories, updating the stats daily to see who would reign supreme.


In the first week, a true dark horse that that highlights many different independent projects by Chinese developers rode in from the far East called Chinese-independent-developer by Cheng Zheng (4,703 stargazers), taking the first seed.


Not far behind as the second seed was Rough by pshihn (3,267 stargazers), a lightweight (~8k), Canvas-based library that lets you draw in a sketchy, hand-drawn-like, style by defining primitives to draw lines, curves, arcs, polygons, circles, and ellipses. It also supports drawing SVG paths.


Topping off the top three, as the third seed was driver.js by kamranahmedse (3,105 stargazers), a light-weight, no-dependency, vanilla (Read more...)

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