Mozilla and Unity recently announced they have joined forces to bring Unity's popular game engine to the web using WebGL standard and Mozilla’s asm.js.
The Google Dart team has announced Dart SDK 1.3 which improves the performance of asynchronous server-side code to the point that Dart VM is on par with Node.js, the later using another Google technology, the V8 engine.
Meteor has released version 0.8, bringing an “an overhaul of Meteor's rendering system.” Meteor’s next generation live templating engine, Blaze, includes support for fine-grained DOM updates, jQuery integration and simpler API. Blaze replaces the live page update engine Spark that was introduced in version 0.4 in 2012.
The mobile application prototyping tool, Ratchet, has been promoted to a full application framework, and moved into the Bootstrap GitHub repo. It also has new documentation and new themes for iOS and Android.
The recently released IDC study, The Evolving State of HTML5 by Al Hilwa, Research Director for Application Development, attempts to evaluate the advances made so far, the current state and takes a look at the future of HTML5 as a unifying web platform.
Matt DeBergalis has released version 0.7.1 of Meteor, with the improvements to oplog and minimongo, CSS preprocessing, and Meteor developer accounts. Version 0.7.1 includes added support to minimongo for what DeBergalis refers to on the Meteor blog as “more of the ‘estoteric corners’ of the MongoDB query language."
Enhancements in Orion 5 include: syntax highlighting for several languages, content assist for several Node.js libraries and databases, better syntax validation, cloud deployment and others.
Amazon has released a new API, the AppStream API, which allows you to programmatically manage apps hosted on the Amazon AppStream platform. For this API, they chose to build it with the HAL media type. HAL is a minimalist hypermedia enabled media type for building machine-to-machine APIs. Amazon is one of the largest organizations to choose hypermedia as a technique for a public-facing product.
Taking a detour from their original pure-HTML5 approach to mobile development, Mozilla has been working on adding support for Firefox OS to Cordova, which has happened with the latest Cordova 3.4.0.
ComponentOne has released ActiveReports 8 with support for maps, RSS14Stacked, RSSLimited and MicroPDF417 barcodes, Windows Azure under both partial and full trust environments in addition to a HTML5 viewer which enables you to build applications optimized for various mobile devices.
The W3C RDF Working Group has moved the JSON-LD and JSON-LD 1.0 Processing Algorithms and API standards forward to recommended status. JSON-LD is a standard to add "linked data" semantics to JSON.
Chris Granger has open sourced the LightTable IDE with the 0.6 release. Third party plugin support was the highlight feature of the release. InfoQ talked to LightTable creator Chris Granger.