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A Developer’s View on Microsoft Edge

by Abel Avram on  May 08, 2015 6

Microsoft Edge started as a IE fork but later departed considerably from it in an attempt to break with the past and legacy Internet technologies, removing 200K LoC but adding other 300K. Microsoft says they want “better interoperability with other modern browsers, improved performance, security & reliability, and reduced code complexity.”

WebStorm 10 Compiles TypeScript 1.4 to JavaScript on the Fly

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2015

JetBrains WebStorm 10 compiles TypeScript 1.4 code to JavaScript while editing. It has added support for unions, modules, decorators, plus let and const keywords. It comes with an application dependency diagram, source maps and a CPU plus memory profiler for V8.

React Introduces Support for ES6 Classes

by James Chesters on  Mar 16, 2015

Facebook has released React v0.13, bringing with it support for ES6 classes, as well as new top-level APIs and breaking changes for JSX.

Node.js Releases Version 0.12

by James Chesters on  Feb 10, 2015

Node.js has released version 0.12, its first significant release since 2013's 0.10. The much-anticipated version 0.12, once described as "imminent" in January 2014, comes with a raft of Module and JS API changes, an updated version of V8, and many debugging enhancements. Significantly, it also comes with initial support for ECMAScript Internationalization API 1.0 (ECMA-402).

CoffeeScript 1.9 is Available, Introduces Generators Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 09, 2015

CoffeeScript 1.9 has finally introduced support for long awaited generators, which promise to prevent callback hell and help writing async code.

1.0.x Release for io.js

by James Chesters on  Jan 20, 2015

The io.js team has released version 1.0 -- but the versioning does not suggest the platform is "production ready." Despite overtaking Node, io.js clarifies the release in its own FAQ: "The choice to release as 1.0.x was not to signify that io.js should be considered production-ready, but because it was a significant enough release from Node.js to warrant a major version increment," it says.

6to5 JavaScript Transpiler Gains Momentum

by David Iffland on  Jan 14, 2015

The 6to5 JavaScript transpiler has made significant gains in its short 6 month lifespan, besting Google's Traceur transpiler in ECMAScript 6 compatibility. Developers can write ES6 code now and let 6to5 output valid ES5 for use in today's browsers. Recently 6to5 incorporated the team behind competitor esnext into the project.

2014 JavaScript in Review

by David Iffland on  Dec 31, 2014

2014 has been an impressive year for JavaScript and its place on the web. We've covered a lot of stories on InfoQ from MVC frameworks to small, specialized libraries.

TypeScript 1.3 and the March Toward ECMAScript 6

by David Iffland on  Nov 19, 2014

Microsoft recently released TypeScript 1.3 and gave a preview of what's to come in version 1.4. TypeScript is one of a few industry efforts to add type checking to JavaScript and Microsoft aims to make TypeScript a full superset of ECMAScript 6.

Ecma Standardizes Dart

by Abel Avram on  Jul 04, 2014

Ecma International has standardized the first edition of Dart, ECMA-408.

Koa Web Framework 0.2.0 Release

by Burke Holland on  Jan 20, 2014

The NodeJS based Koa web application framework has released version 0.2.0. Koa is the successor of the popular Express MVC platform, but relies heavily on newer ES6 constructs. This release is marked as an important one in that that it reaffirms the team’s design choices from the initial 0.1.0 release, solidifying Koa's API for future releases and production use.

Dart 1.1 Pushes Performance Even Further

by Abel Avram on  Jan 17, 2014

The recently released Dart 1.1 comes with better performance for the dart2js compiler and improves support for the server-side development. The language itself is pretty much on hold.

ECMAScript 6 Modules: What Are They and How to Use Them Today

by Zef Hemel on  Aug 01, 2013

One of the essentials features any platform needs to support code bases beyond a few source files are modules. Until now, JavaScript has not supported modules natively. However, as of the next version of JavaScript (officially named ECMAScript 6) modules will finally be added as first-class citizen to the language.

Improved JavaScript development in Visual Studio 11

by David Cooksey on  Mar 08, 2012 9

Microsoft intends to make JavaScript development easier in Visual Studio 11 by significantly enhancing Intellisense, debugging support, editor functionality, and more.

Preview the Next JavaScript in Google Chrome

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 13, 2012 1

Google Chrome and V8 now support some of the features planned for the next version of JavaScript, known as ECMAScript 3.1 “Harmony”. To try out these features you can use dev channel release of Chrome with the “Experimental JavaScript features” flag turned on.

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