Express.JS, the Node.js web application framework, recently released version 4.0, with router improvements and removed bundled middleware,; but the team say they currently have "no major plans” for future releases.
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.
jQuery will drop support for Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 "somewhere in 2015", jQuery Foundation president Dave Methvin stated on the official jQuery blog last week. This change will go hand in hand with the release of jQuery 1.13. The release 1.12 will be the last one with official support for the named versions of Microsoft's default browser for Windows.
The Ember.js team has released version 1.5, with new testing features, and an eager URL update that will “provide for a better UX 99% of the time,” according to Ember core team member Robert Jackson. Jackson, posting on the Ember.js blog, described the new version as having “a ton of bug fixes and small improvements” as well as new features in the release.
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.
Mobile analytics firm Flurry has issued a report analyzing time spent on mobile devices by the average US consumer between January and March of 2014. This is the second such report that Flurry issues, allowing for an interesting comparison year to year showing, among other things, that mobile devices are changing the way the web is consumed.
Angular.JS is a popular framework created by Google for creating single page applications. Despite its origins, it can also easily work with ASP.NET to provide Microsoft-centric developers the same powerful capabilities.
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.
Until now we’ve been focusing on Common XAML, but now our attention turns to Silverlight for Windows Phone. Though Common XAML (i.e. Universal Apps) is meant to eventually replace it, the Silverlight framework is still a viable option for Windows Phone developers.
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."