Jonathan Freeman

Contributing Editor

Jonathan Freeman is a software developer, consultant, and jazz musician living in Chicago. Through consulting, he's enjoyed working in various domains, from finance to healthcare to video games. While he specializes in JavaScript, both browser and server side, he also takes a keen interest in modern data stores (particularly graph databases) and distributed computing platforms.

How JavaScript promises work

What is JSON? JavaScript Object Notation explained
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What is JSON? JavaScript Object Notation explained

JSON has eclipsed XML as the preferred data interchange format for web applications and web services. Here’s why

The best JavaScript testing tools for React

The best JavaScript testing tools for React

How to choose the right test runner, test framework, assertion libraries, and add-on tools for your React project

NoSQL grudge match: MongoDB vs. Couchbase Server

NoSQL grudge match: MongoDB vs. Couchbase Server

Which document database? From ease of installation and backup flexibility to index design and query capabilities, a few key differences point the way

Review: MongoDB learns cool new tricks

Review: MongoDB learns cool new tricks

With useful graph search capabilities and important stability improvements, MongoDB 3.4 is a no-brainer upgrade

Review: GitLab rocks version control

Review: GitLab rocks version control

Thanks to a solid foundation and delightful extras, this open source VCS is a serious contender

First look: Chef’s Habitat puts automation in the app

First look: Chef’s Habitat puts automation in the app

By packaging configuration and runtime requirements with the app, Habitat decouples automation from the infrastructure

Couchbase 4.0 review: The Swiss Army knife of NoSQL

Couchbase 4.0 review: The Swiss Army knife of NoSQL

Hybrid document-oriented, key-value database brings easy, ad hoc queries into the mix with a SQL-like query language

Bitbucket vs. GitHub: Which project host has the most?

Bitbucket vs. GitHub: Which project host has the most?

The right choice boils down to factors such as pricing model, community involvement, and third-party RCS support. In some cases, developers might consider using both

Do Twitter analysis the easy way with MongoDB

Do Twitter analysis the easy way with MongoDB

The Twitter-scape is alight with news from the World Cup -- and it turns out you don't need Hadoop to mine it. For simple data analytics, try MongoDB's aggregation framework instead.

Expert interview: How to scale Django

Jonathan Freeman interviews Eventbrite engineers John Shuping and Simon Willison about scaling Django in an integrated, high performance enterprise architecture.

Code in JavaScript the smart, modular way

Code in JavaScript the smart, modular way

Real developers need to do more than slap together some JavaScript on top of a Java back-end. Here's a quick-start guide to writing modularized JavaScript code.

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