The Status.IE project provides compatibility information for 4 major web browsers, allowing developers to see which features are available based on the browsers they need to support. Microsoft has open-sourced both the code serving the project and the data it offers, making it easy for developers to further their own development projects.
Google has released version 1.4 of its web programming language Dart. The release brings with it Observatory; a new tool for performance analysis, and a new experimental feature for dart:io, ServerSocket references.
Mitchell Baker has announced this week that Mozilla is adding Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) to Firefox, joining the ranks of Microsoft, Google, and Apple who have implemented the system in their browsers. The Free Software Foundation has condemned the partnership between Mozilla and Adobe, describing Adobe as being "hostile to the free software movement and to Mozilla's own fundamental ideals."
This update to the premier source of humanitarian data worldwide will help international aid organizations by simplifying access, improving data flexibility, and improving the system's performance and robustness.
Last week, InfoQ reported that Groovy 2.3 has a much faster JSON parser than previous versions. While creating the article, we sent an email to Tatu Saloranta, founder of the Jackson JSON processor. We wanted to see what he thought about Rick Hightower reporting that Groovy and Boon provide the fastest JSON parser for the JVM.
GitHub has open sourced their Atom IDE including the Atom Shell framework, Atom Core, and the Atom Package Manager (apm).
The Espresso Logic team has released a new product “Live Browser”, providing an instant HTML5 user interface for navigating databases in a master/detail format. Live Browser promises users the ability to explore, interact with and modify data from any enterprise databases, without any programming.
Groovy 2.3 will ship with one of the fastest JSON parsers on the JVM, according to Rick Hightower, the ubiquitous consultant and author.
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."