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Every week, we feature a new developer/blogger from the DZone community in our newsletter. Starting this month, we're going to check in with our featured devs to find out what they're working on now and what's coming next.

This week we're talking to Hirvesh Munogee, founder and editor of Functionn, a site collecting and sharing open source resources for web developers and designers. Some of Hirvesh's most recent DZone posts include:

Hi Hirvesh! Thanks for talking to us. What have you been working on lately?

Currently I'm doing my B.E Computer Science & Engineering final year, working on my project.  I'm also investing time in honing my web development skill, looking more into the bread and butter of web development - HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.

I've been taking an interest in entrepreneurship and startups since this year and I am looking for ideas and opportunities which could translate into an online venture for me.  Finally, I've been busy with Functionn, my website which is dedicated to open source resources for web developers and designer, taking it to the next level which I have envisioned for it.

It's been nearly one year now during which I've blogged and to be honest, I love it and looking forward to blogging for the coming years!

Could you tell us a little bit about what inspired you to create Functionn?

I have been doing some freelance web development and during the course of work, I would usually find amazing resources for developers and designers like jQuery plugins, JavaScript libraries, icons sets, etc., and would find that despite being amazing, amazing works, many of them had really little or no exposure at all and were relatively unknown

I thought it was a shame that the work of those amazing coders/designers/artists were not getting more recognition and thus the idea of Functionn popped into my head and the site was up and running within hours.  What mattered most at the time was that I fashioned the website from concept to reality as quick as possible, before the enthusiasm faded away.  The first day I had only one post and I was happy with the overall look of the website.  After months now, the website boasts more that 600 posts (at the time I'm writing this) and has thousands of daily visitors and subscribers.

Now that 2012 is almost done, what do you think were some of the most exciting developments in the world of web development this year?

I cannot even begin to describe how utterly fantastic 2012 has been for the web as a development platform.  I have had the opportunity to closely observe the progress made in web development and it has never been as  exciting as it has been this year.

The one thing I'm sure most people have noticed is the amazing rise of JavaScript as a predominant programming language.  2012 has seen JavaScript gain massive traction and it does not seem like it will stop anytime soon.

We have seen Node.js coming and creating loads of buzz in the server-side part of web development, we have also seen Meteor.js, which is a web application development framework built on-top of Node.js, gain much support and amazing investment to speed up its development.

Microsoft has also put JavaScript at the forefront in its Metro platform, where JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3 has been positioned as a first-class development platform for Windows 8 Metro apps.  This is amazing, considering that JavaScript was considered only a hobbyist's scripting language just some years back.  The good stuffs from Microsoft did not end just there.  They also released TypeScript which is a typed super-set of the JavaScript programming language, meant for application-scale JavaScript development and which compiles down to plain vanilla JavaScript.

Speaking of languages that compile down to JavaScript, 2012 has also seen an explosion in the number of languages which compile to JavaScript.  The most popular of them all being CoffeeScript, but there were some other notable languages created, such as LiveScript, which Functionn was among the first to bring to the attention of the web development community back in May 2012, SafeJS, Roy and more.

Other notable highlights of 2012 was the release of more tools to help in development of web applications.  We've seen Yeoman by Addy Osmani which was a great step ahead in JavaScript tooling, and more tools being released to ease our application development process.  I've also been impressed by the number of people writing books which helps newcomers in the web development platform to get to grips with it easily.  Again, JavaScript has seen a huge collection of free ebooks written, which you can read to really get up and running with the language.

I think it's fair to say that 2012 has been the year for JavaScript.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

2013 promises to be another exciting year for the web as a truly full blown development platform.  I'm looking forward to seeing where JavaScript goes and how the web platform progresses.  One of the things I'm anticipating most in 2013 is to see how  ECMAScript 6 "Harmony" goes along in its development stages and adoption phase.  It's exciting times for the JavaScript community, and I for one, am sure very excited!

It's been an awesome treat to watch it all unfold before my very own eyes and I hope 2013 has a lot more to offer.  On a more personal level, I'm looking forward to making some more significant contribution to the web development community, prominently via Functionn, but also possibly getting more involved in the community itself.

I'm also hoping Functionn gains more exposure in the year 2013 and become a somewhat useful resource for web developers and designers.  Functionn has already started moving in that direction, but I hope to be able to consolidate it's position in 2012 and further improve it.

Thanks, Hirvesh!


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