Dart Engineer Søren Gjesse, has this week announced to the community new packages for accessing Google APIs. Gjesse says the API generator has been built to create Dart client libraries enabling access to Google services, including YouTube, Analytics, Google+, and Drive from Dart. However, not everyone in the Dart community is on board with the one package approach.
Node.js standard package manager, npm, has reached version 2.0. Among npm's new features, scoped packages promise to make it easier to manage private Node.js modules, just as if they were part of the public repository. The new version also marks the introduction of a new release process and offers improved reliability.
The upcoming AngularJS 1.3 release arrives with a heavy focus on improved form data manipulation. While this version solves some real-life pain points, for some developers, it may not be an automatic upgrade.
Meteor 0.9.2 has been released. It supports building native iOS and Android apps via a new PhoneGap/Cordova integration, along with support for hot code push.
Mozilla has implemented the protocol adapters that enable remote debugging in Chrome for desktop or Android and Safari/iOS. They are to be integrated into WebIDE.
Dr. Axel Rauschmayer has announced the finalised details of the ECMAScript 6 (ES6) module syntax. Rauschmayer says that the goal for ES6 modules has been to create a format that users of CommonJS and of AMD are both happy with, and that being built into the language allows ES6 modules to go beyond CommonJS and AMD.
Google Chrome no longer supports window.showModalDialog, breaking several enterprise apps such as OWA, EAC, SAP, and others.
Google's Chrome web browser team has announced a schedule to deprecate support for how the browser handles HTTPS certificates using SHA-1 signatures. Over the next 6 months the browser will utilize increasingly noticeable warnings for sites that still use SHA-1.
A group of representatives from Stack Exchange, GitHub, Reddit, and others have started to standardize and enhance Markdown under the name Standard Markdown. Their efforts have met the opposition of John Gruber, the syntax’s creator, who does not want to see Markdown used in other projects, so the project was eventually renamed CommonMark.