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TypeScript 1.5 Boosts ES6 Transpilation Features

by David Iffland on  Jul 28, 2015

Microsoft has released TypeScript 1.5, dramatically improving ES6 transpilation capabilities.

Exploring ES6: Book Introduction and Author Interview

by Abel Avram on  Jun 17, 2015

Exploring ES6 by Axel Rauschmayer is an in-depth look at JavaScript’s latest features. This article includes a short interview with the author.

ECMAScript 2015 Has Been Approved

by Abel Avram on  Jun 17, 2015 2

The General Assembly of Ecma International has announced the approval of ECMA-262 6th edition, which is the Language Specification of ECMAScript 6 (ES6), also known as ECMAScript 2015.

Chrome 44 Beta Brings ES6 Features, Improved Notifications

by James Chesters on  Jun 03, 2015

Google has released Chrome 44 beta: with updates including new ES6 features and improved notification capabilities. The latest beta release for the OS brings computed property names, allowing expression for property names in object literals and class literals.

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.

TypeScript 1.4 Released, Adds Union Types, More ES6 Features

by David Iffland on  Jan 22, 2015

Microsoft delivered TypeScript 1.4, the latest version of their JavaScript language superset. The new version adds union types and template strings. Also new is a ECMAScript 6 target mode.

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.

JavaScript on a Toaster: Embedded JavaScript with Duktape

by David Iffland on  Dec 10, 2014 1

Duktape takes JavaScript beyond the confines of the browser or server with a full ECMAScript 5 compliant engine that can be embedded into any C/C++ project.

Service Workers Promise to Make Web Apps Feel Native

by David Iffland on  Dec 03, 2014

The service worker browser feature holds promise for developers looking to make their web apps feel more like native apps. Running in the background and without user interaction, service workers enable advanced scenarios such as offline functionality, cache, background sync, geofencing, and push notifications.

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