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Feross Aboukhadijeh

I’m Feross Aboukhadijeh, an entrepreneur, programmer, open source maintainer, startup founder, and mad scientist.

I build web apps like BitMidi, a free MIDI database, and Play, a music video app, and Study Notes, a site to help students study better and get into college.

I also build WebTorrent, a torrent library for the web, WebTorrent Desktop, the best desktop torrent app, and Standard JS, a JavaScript linter.

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Feross Aboukhadijeh virus.cafe

Virus Cafe: Make a friend in 2 minutes

Hey folks! I built Virus Cafe to help you make a friend in 2 minutes! My goal is to help people stuck indoors because of COVID-19 (or police curfews) to make meaningful connections with strangers.

Here’s how it works:


  1. You are matched with a random partner for a video chat
  2. You’re given a deep question to discuss. You have 2 minutes!
  3. The only rule is: no small talk!

Small talk is the worst and I’m on a mission to eradicate it. I’ve expertly crafted over 200 questions designed to stimulate good conversation and skip past the boring introductions.

Here are a few samples:

  • When in your life have you been the happiest?
  • What would you be willing to die for?
  • What is the biggest lie you’ve told without getting caught?
  • What is a belief you had as a child that you no longer have?
  • What human emotion do you fear the most?
  • If a family member murdered someone, would you report them to the police?
  • What absolutely excites you right now?

I hope you use Virus Cafe to meet a new friend and make a deep connection today.

Feross Aboukhadijeh distributed.camp

Join me at Distributed Camp 2020

There are a variety of new projects working to create a healthier Web: from fighting censorship in oppressive countries, to solving pressing issues of privacy, to creating a Web entirely run by users. Come enjoy two days of immersive, hands-on workshops where you get to try out some of the latest decentralized web technologies for yourself.

And it’s free!

Feross Aboukhadijeh cs253.stanford.edu

Stanford CS253: Web Security

Hey folks! Feross from JS Party here. I taught a course on web security last quarter at Stanford. All the course materials, slides, and videos are freely available online and I wanted to share with the broader community, in case anyone is interested in learning more about secure web programming.

The course goal is to build an understanding of the most common web attacks and their countermeasures. Given the pervasive insecurity of the modern web landscape, there is a pressing need for programmers and system designers improve their understanding of web security issues. We’ll be covering the fundamentals as well as the state-of-the-art in web security.

JS Party JS Party

This is JS Party!

We are a party-themed podcast, so FUN is at the heart of every episode. One way we keep things fun is by mixing it up and trying new things.

We play games like JS Jeopardy… (clip from episode #112)

debate hot topics like should websites work without JS… (clip from episode #87)

discuss and analyze the news… (clip from episode #94)

share wisdom we’ve collected over the years… (clip from episode #106)

interview amazing devs like John Resig and Amelia Wattenberger… and a whole lot more.

Oh, and did I mention we record the show live? You can be part of the hijinx each and every Thursday at changelog.com/live.

This is JS Party! Please listen to a recent episode that piques your interest and subscribe today. We’d love to have you with us.

The Changelog The Changelog #359

Maintainer spotlight! Feross Aboukhadijeh

In this episode we’re shining our maintainer spotlight on Feross Aboukhadijeh. Feross is the creator and maintainer of 100’s of open source projects which have been downloaded 100’s of million of times each month — projects like StandardJS, BitMidi, and WebTorrent to name a few. This episode with Feross continues our maintainer spotlight series where we dig deep into the life of an open source software maintainer. We’re producing this series in partnership with Tidelift. Huge thanks to Tidelift for making this series possible.

JS Party JS Party #87

Websites should work without JS. Yep? Nope?

We’re trying a brand new segment called YepNope, wherein your intrepid panelists engage in a lively debate around a premise. In this debate, Feross and KBall argue that websites should work without requiring JS and Divya and Chris say, “Nah!”

Please let us know if you like this style episode! We had fun recording it, but that doesn’t matter much if y’all don’t enjoy listening to it.

JS Party JS Party #85

Building PizzaQL at the age of 16

Jerod, Mikeal, and Feross welcome Antoni Kepinski to the show to discuss his open source pizza ordering management web app. We talk about learning programming at a young age, how overwhelming web development can be these days, how Antoni decided which technologies to use, and more. This is a super fun conversation with many insights and takeaways for developers at every stage of their career.

Feross Aboukhadijeh YouTube

Bringing ⟨bgsound⟩ back to the web

JS Party panelist, Feross Aboukhadijeh:

In the days of Geocities and Angelfire, a quirky HTML tag called ⟨bgsound⟩ enabled sound files to play in the background of webpages. Usually, these files were in the MIDI format. What a glorious era that was! Sadly, ⟨bgsound⟩ has been removed from browsers and MIDI is obscure and hard to play back. In this talk, we’ll bring MIDI and ⟨bgsound⟩ back from the dead using WebAssembly, Emscripten, Web Audio, and Web Components. When we’re finished, you’ll be able to give your webpages the 90’s treatment in a modern, standards-compliant way!

JS Party JS Party #47

The nitty gritty on BitMidi

Where does Feross get all those wonderful toys? He builds them with JavaScript, of course! BitMidi – a website for listening to your favorite MIDI files – is his latest creation. In this episode, Jerod “sits down” with Feross to learn all about it.

How do MIDIs even work? Why won’t they play on the web anymore? Can WASM save the day (hint: yes)? How does Feross get so many eyeballs on his creations? Is Preact awesome for building sites like this? What’s the future of BitMidi look like? Don’t ask us, listen to the episode!

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