Newsletter – Week 36, 2021




GitHub Rising Stars August 2021

Let’s go and review Java and Rust rising repositories on GitHub for August month. All information below was collected from GitHub trending page.



Total stars: 2813Last month stars: 1464Growth: 52%

About the project: the repository consists of the code samples, assignments, and the curriculum for the Community Classroom complete Data Structures & Algorithms Java bootcamp.

Starlight (Fabric)

Total stars: 768Last month stars: 145Growth: 19%

About the project: this repository has code rewrites the light engine to fix lighting performance and lighting errors.

Flink CDC Connectors

Total stars: 1045Last month stars: 167Growth: 16%

About the project: Flink CDC Connectors is a set of source connectors for Apache Flink, ingesting changes from different databases using change data capture (CDC).

GDA(GJoy Dex Analyzer)

Total stars: 2020Last month stars: 254Growth: 13%

About the project: GDA, a new Dalvik bytecode decompiler, is implemented in C++, which has the advantages of faster analysis and lower memory&disk consumption and an stronger ability to decompiling the APK, DEX, ODEX, OAT files(supports JAR, CLASS and AAR files since 3.79).

SmartTubeNext (STN)

Total stars: 2281Last month stars: 283Growth: 12%

About the project:  ad free app for watching YouTube videos on Android TV boxes

Apache Pinot

Total stars: 3543Last month stars: 360Growth: 10%

About the project:  Apache Pinot is a real-time distributed OLAP datastore, built to deliver scalable real-time analytics with low latency. It can ingest from batch data sources (such as Hadoop HDFS, Amazon S3, Azure ADLS, Google Cloud Storage) as well as stream data sources (such as Apache Kafka).

Shattered Pixel Dungeon

Total stars: 1241Last month stars: 126Growth: 10%

About the project:  traditional roguelike game with pixel-art graphics and simple interface.



Total stars: 549Last month stars: 373Growth: 68%

About the project:  protocol (built on top of Solana) and application framework for decentralized NFT minting, storefronts, and sales.


Total stars: 1680Last month stars: 944Growth: 56%

About the project:  an ergonomic and modular web framework built with Tokio, Tower, and Hyper.


Total stars: 4820Last month stars: 1267Growth: 26%

About the project:  egui is a simple, fast, and highly portable immediate mode GUI library for Rust.


Total stars: 1021Last month stars: 256Growth: 25%

About the project:  DataFusion is an extensible query execution framework, written in Rust, that uses Apache Arrow as its in-memory format.

DataFusion supports both an SQL and a DataFrame API for building logical query plans as well as a query optimizer and execution engine capable of parallel execution against partitioned data sources (CSV and Parquet) using threads.

DataFusion also supports distributed query execution via the Ballista crate.

Solana Program Library

Total stars: 479Last month stars: 115Growth: 24%

About the project:  the Solana Program Library (SPL) is a collection of on-chain programs targeting the Sealevel parallel runtime. These programs are tested against Solana’s implementation of Sealevel, solana-runtime, and deployed to its mainnet. As others implement Sealevel, we will graciously accept patches to ensure the programs here are portable across all implementations.


Total stars: 1258Last month stars: 300Growth: 24%

About the project:  end-to-end encryption and mutual authentication for distributed applications.


  • If you are starting to learn Java, DSA-Bootcamp-Java repository might be very useful for you.
  • If you want to look inside of Jar archive and understand what is going inside there – take a look at GDA(GJoy Dex Analyzer) tool.
  • One more member of the Apache foundation in GitHub starts this month – Apache Pinot.
  • If you need a web framework for Rust I would recommend taking a look at Axum project.
  • If you are looking for examples of Solana on-chain programs – Solana Program Library might be useful for you.
  • If you are interested in Solana and NFT take a look at Mataplex project.
  • Rust is clearly one of the leaders in crypto-space.

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GitHub Rising Stars July 2021

Today we are reviewing Java and Rust repositories on GitHub with the highest number of starts acquired in July month. All information below was collected from GitHub trending page.

Let’s go!



Total stars: 1070Last month stars: 300Growth: 28%

About the project: A new shaders mod for Minecraft intended to be compatible with existing ShadersMod/Optifine shaders.


Total stars: 3357Last month stars: 820Growth: 24%

About the project: A community-driven, open source fork of Elasticsearch and Kibana following the licence change in early 2021. We’re looking to sustain (and evolve!) a search and analytics suite for the multitude of businesses who are dependent on the rights granted by the original, Apache v2.0 License.


Total stars: 1275Last month stars: 274Growth: 21%

About the project: A communitPojavLauncher is a Minecraft: Java Edition launcher for Android and iOS based on Boardwalk. This launcher can launch almost all available Minecraft versions (from rd-132211 to 21w08b (1.17) snapshot, including Combat Test versions).

Sodium (for Fabric)

Total stars: 2271Last month stars: 443Growth: 20%

About the project:  Sodium is a free and open-source optimization mod for the Minecraft client that improves frame rates, reduces micro-stutter, and fixes graphical issues in Minecraft.

Starlight (Fabric)

Total stars: 627Last month stars: 109Growth: 17%

About the project:  Fabric mod for completely rewriting the Vanilla light engine.


Total stars: 5032Last month stars: 692Growth: 14%

About the project:  Lightweight static analysis for many languages (17+ languages). Find bug variants with patterns that look like source code.


Total stars: 2413Last month stars: 276Growth: 11%

About the project:  Shopizer is Java open source e-commerce software.


RustDesk Demo

Total stars: 195Last month stars: 84Growth: 43%

About the project:  A working demo of RustDesk server implementation.


Total stars: 973Last month stars: 255Growth: 26%

About the project:  A Modern Real-Time Data Processing & Analytics DBMS with Cloud-Native Architecture, built to make the Data Cloud easy.


Total stars: 2276Last month stars: 203Growth: 9%

About the project:  Safe and portable GPU abstraction in Rust, implementing WebGPU API.


Total stars: 5452Last month stars: 440Growth: 8%

About the project:  Substrate is a next-generation framework for blockchain innovation.


Total stars: 19040Last month stars: 1341Growth: 7%

About the project:  Tauri is a framework for building tiny, blazing fast binaries for all major desktop platforms. Developers can integrate any front-end framework that compiles to HTML, JS and CSS for building their user interface. The backend of the application is a rust-sourced binary with an API that the front-end can interact with.

Wez’s Terminal

Total stars: 2072Last month stars: 139Growth: 7%

About the project:  A GPU-accelerated cross-platform terminal emulator and multiplexer written by @wez and implemented in Rust.

Graph Node

Total stars: 1156Last month stars: 66Growth: 6%

About the project:  Graph Node is an open source Rust implementation that event sources the Ethereum blockchain to deterministically update a data store that can be queried via the GraphQL endpoint.


  • July the same as June was a Minecraft month in Java, there are multiple repositories related to Minecraft included in the report.
  • RustDesk still leading in Rust repositories by month growth and in the current month, this is a different repo with RustDesk demo server. I think the repository will continue gaining starts and we will see it in the August report as well.
  • Rust is extremely popular for blockchain development and if we previously sow in reports Solana-related repositories in the current report there is one more player – Substrate. If you are interested in blockchain technology it is worth checking.
  • I found the WGPU project very promising for the future which is actually implementing WebGPU API in Rust. Who is not familiar with WebGPU standard this is a standard to expose the capabilities of GPU hardware to the Web, which is promising for developing web and mobile multimedia applications and games.
  • One more project I would explicitly mention is TAURI, allowing faster and secure development of cross-platform native applications for web, desktop, and mobile.

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