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Mozilla and Unity Team Up to Rule Web Gameplay

by João Paulo Marques on  Apr 18, 2014

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 Performance of Dart 1.3 Is on Par with Node.js

by Abel Avram on  Apr 10, 2014 8

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 0.8: Blaze Release Overhauls Rendering System

by James Chesters on  Apr 08, 2014

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.

Ratchet Becomes a Real Framework, Gets a New Home

by Burke Holland on  Apr 07, 2014

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.

IDC: The Past, Present and Future of HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

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.

Meteor 0.7.1 Release Brings Dev Accounts, Further Improvements

by James Chesters on  Mar 28, 2014

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."

Orion 5 Supports More Languages and Can Deploy to Cloud

by Abel Avram on  Mar 04, 2014

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 Chooses HAL Media Type for AppStream API

by Steve Klabnik on  Mar 03, 2014

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.

Cordova 3.4 Embraces Firefox OS

by Abel Avram on  Feb 22, 2014

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.

Testing End-to-End with Nightwatch

by João Paulo Marques on  Feb 17, 2014 2

Nightwatch is a recently released acceptance framework based on Node.js that uses Selenium WebDriver API to automate web applications testing. The tool promises a simple syntax which enables the writing of end-to-end tests using JavaScript and CSS selector that runs against a Selenium server.

Simplified CSS Preprocessing with restyle.js

by Andy Earnshaw on  Feb 17, 2014

Andrea Giammarchi's restyle.js is a new, JavaScript-based, CSS preprocessor that can run on either the server (via Node.js) or in the browser. It touts itself as "a simplified CSS approach", generating all prefixed variations of CSS rules and properties and, if applicable, inserting them into the DOM.

ActiveReports 8 Adds Maps, HTML5 Viewer, Advanced Barcodes and Windows Azure Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 12, 2014

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.

Resources to Start Developing for Firefox OS

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 06, 2014

Firefox OS pursues “the goal of building a complete, standalone operating system for the open web” and lets users install and run applications created using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It is based on Linux and Mozilla's Gecko and is a completely open stack that is 100 per cent free from proprietary technology. It allows developers to contribute to its code base or develop mobile apps.

JSON-LD Reaches W3C Recommendation Status

by Steve Klabnik on  Feb 04, 2014 3

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.

LightTable IDE Goes Open Source, Adds Plugin Support

by Tom Coupland on  Feb 03, 2014

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.

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