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.
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."
Phusion Passenger, a popular web app server originally for Ruby, now supports Node.js apps. The feature was introduced in the Enterprise edition of Passenger earlier this year, but has been open sourced as of the recent 4.0.21 release of the free version. Phusion Passenger brings Scaling, Statistics, Supervision and Multitenancy to Node.js. InfoQ talked to Phusion's CTO Hongli Lai.
During the HTML5 Track at QCon New York 2013 Matt DeBergalis gave a talk on Meteor, the open-source real-time web application framework that DeBergalis co-founded. On the modern web, clients get increasingly capable and more and more work happens in the client. However, the tools to build these modern web applications, DeBergalis argues, have not caught up.
The Meteor Development Group released Meteor 0.6.0 on April 4th as a major overhaul to its package management system as well as growing NPM package support.