Node.js Release 4.0, First Combined Release With io.js

by James Chesters on  Sep 15, 2015

The Node.js Foundation has released Node.js v 4.0, combining Node.js and io.js into one single codebase. The all-new Node.js contains many new ES6 features enabled by default, as well as V8 v4.5, with accompanying new features.

io.js Team Releases 2.0, Debates Joining Node Foundation

by James Chesters on  May 12, 2015

The io.js team has released version 2.0 bringing with it the upgraded V8 JavaScript engine. The upgrade moves classes out of staging, with the class keyword usable in strict mode without flags, as well moving object literal enhancements out of staging, making shorthand method and property syntax usable, and implementing rest parameters in staging behind the --harmony-rest-parameters flag.

Google Proposes StrongMode and SoundScript, Boosting V8 Performance

by David Iffland on  Mar 11, 2015

Google's Chrome team has proposed two extensions to JavaScript in a move to boost the performance of their V8 JavaScript Engine. StrongMode will limit the JavaScript language to only allow parts with guaranteed performance. SoundScript will add user-facing types to JavaScript, not at compile-time, but at run-time in the browser.

Node.js Fork JXcore Goes Open Source

by James Chesters on  Mar 02, 2015

Node.js fork JXcore has gone entirely open source this week. Oguz Bastemar, CTO for the company behind JXcore, announced the news saying "We want JXcore to be a community driven open-source and open-governance project." JXcore's latest release also features a multiple JavaScript engine design, including a wrapper for both SpiderMonkey and V8 engines.

Vivaldi: A New Browser Created by Former Opera Developers

by Abel Avram on  Jan 27, 2015 3

A team of former Opera developers along with their ex-CEO Jon von Tetzchner have created a new browser called Vivaldi.

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.

Challenges Performing Background Compilation in V8

by Abel Avram on  Feb 15, 2014

This article includes details on the recently background compilation introduced in V8, Chrome’s JavaScript engine.

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.

One Less Browser Engine: Opera Switches to WebKit

by Abel Avram on  Feb 13, 2013

Opera will release new versions of their browser for mobile and desktop based on WebKit. They are also going to integrate Chromium.

Google Has Open Sourced Octane, a New JavaScript Benchmark Suite

by Abel Avram on  Aug 21, 2012

Google has open sourced Octane, a JavaScript benchmarking suite consisting of 13 tests measuring browser performance.

Node Gets Faster, More Stable

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 02, 2012

Node.js 0.8 is out. It is faster, more stable, has major improvements in the Cluster module, a new Domain module and a new build that depends on GYP.

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.

Debugging Mobile Web Apps: Weinre and JSConsole Now, Remote WebKit Eventually

by Werner Schuster on  Jul 31, 2011

Debuggers in mobile web browsers are anemic at best. InfoQ takes a look at existing workarounds and tools like Weinre and JSConsole, as well as the upcoming changes in mobile browsers that will bring full debugging support. Also: the two mobile browsers that already live in the future and ship remote debugging support.

Evented I/O for Javascript with Google V8-based Node.js

by Werner Schuster on  Nov 24, 2009

Node.js allows scalable ѕtandalone Javascript server programs by bundling Google's V8 with libraries for event-based I/O. InfoQ takes a look at what makes Node.js tick.

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