1. Front Page Hacker News: Remote Students Make Documentation a Cinch

    There are hundreds of great libraries and APIs out there designed to make developers’ lives better and easier, but poor or nonexistent documentation often undermines the benefit these technologies offer. A team of students in our Remote Beta program sought to remedy this issue that affects software engineers of all experience levels. The result, Sodocan.js, auto-generates skeletal documentation and provides crowdsourcing functions that allow anyone to fill in the gaps. Happy to see such a tool, developers voted Sodocan.js up to the front page of Hacker News.

  2. Alum Tops Hacker News with Explanation of New JavaScript Feature, Tail Call Optimization

    Kyle Owen, who graduated Hack Reactor in May, has been getting to know the new features built into JavaScript in the ES6 release, which came out earlier this year and marked the first major update to JavaScript since ES5 in 2009. Because there is so much new material to explore, concise and lucid explanations of specific features are high in demand. Owen provided exactly that in a blog post on tail call optimization, and his explanation quickly rocketed to the front page of Hacker News.

  3. Staff Member Featured in Wired for Building JuliusJS, an In-Browser Voice Activation Program

    As a Hack Reactor student, Zach Pomerantz became interested in voice activation after coming across a human language processing API called Wit.ai. Voice commands, which could substitute for a variety of mouse or keyboard actions, have largely been the domain of mobile devices, with Siri and Google Now the best known examples. Pomerantz started to wonder what it would take to bring voice activation to the browser. Eventually that query would lead him to building a unique program and getting lots of press.

  4. Student Team Builds JavaScript Battle: A Game for Artificial Intelligence Aficionados and Newbies

    While it’s easier than ever for lay people to learn the basics of coding through online programs like codecademy, the bar for artificial intelligence programming is still prohibitively high for most people. That’s what motivated a team of Hack Reactor students, led by Greg Trowbridge, to build JS Battle, an artificial intelligence game that welcomes newbies to the field, but is engaging for experienced AI coders. The project topped the popular news aggregator Hacker News on the first day of its release.