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TypeScript 1.4 Released, Adds Union Types, More ES6 Features

by David Iffland on  Jan 22, 2015

Microsoft delivered TypeScript 1.4, the latest version of their JavaScript language superset. The new version adds union types and template strings. Also new is a ECMAScript 6 target mode.

The Current Status of Browser-based Virtual Reality in HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2015

The SFHTML5 group recently had a meeting discussing HTML5 technologies for creating virtual reality experiences – WebGL, WebVR, Three.js, GLAM –, and the current development status for implementing support for them in Firefox and Chrome. The idea is to bring the entire web into the VR experience.

1.0.x Release for io.js

by James Chesters on  Jan 20, 2015

The io.js team has released version 1.0 -- but the versioning does not suggest the platform is "production ready." Despite overtaking Node, io.js clarifies the release in its own FAQ: "The choice to release as 1.0.x was not to signify that io.js should be considered production-ready, but because it was a significant enough release from Node.js to warrant a major version increment," it says.

Atom API 1.0 is Stable

by Abel Avram on  Jan 16, 2015 2

The Atom’s team has announced a pre-release but stable version of the editor’s API.

6to5 JavaScript Transpiler Gains Momentum

by David Iffland on  Jan 14, 2015

The 6to5 JavaScript transpiler has made significant gains in its short 6 month lifespan, besting Google's Traceur transpiler in ECMAScript 6 compatibility. Developers can write ES6 code now and let 6to5 output valid ES5 for use in today's browsers. Recently 6to5 incorporated the team behind competitor esnext into the project.

Major release for L20n, Mozilla's Localisation Framework

by James Chesters on  Jan 13, 2015

Mozilla has released version 1.0 of L20n, an open source, localisation-specific scripting language.

What's Exciting in New JavaScript Libraries

by Philip De Smedt on  Jan 08, 2015

A number of new JavaScript libraries have popped up at GitHub and we decided to take a look at some of the more promising ones.

2014 JavaScript in Review

by David Iffland on  Dec 31, 2014

2014 has been an impressive year for JavaScript and its place on the web. We've covered a lot of stories on InfoQ from MVC frameworks to small, specialized libraries.

jQuery Takes Over the Pointer Events Polyfill from Google

by Abel Avram on  Dec 30, 2014

The Chromium team announced back in August that Google is no longer working on implementing Pointer Events in Chrome in order to focus on Touch Events. Now they have given control to the Pointer Events polyfill library to jQuery which is hoping to “drive developer adoption of this unified event system” and eventually see “all browsers implement this standard natively.”

DevExpress on the Future of WinForms and Silverlight

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 29, 2014

You can tell a lot about the future of a UI toolkit by how the third party control vendors are treating it. Since their revenue is based around correctly predicting what developers are going to be using in the near future, they spend a lot of time and effort researching the topic. In this report, we’ll be looking at DevExpress and their treatment of WinForms and Silverlight.

Ember Update Brings Handelbars 2.0, and HTMLBars, a New Templating Library

by James Chesters on  Dec 23, 2014

Ember.js has released version 1.9, bringing with it support for Handlebars 2.0, as well as performance improvements, and the introduction of HTMLBars into the Ember 1.10 beta.

AngularJS 1.4 Announced, More to Come in 2015

by David Iffland on  Dec 18, 2014

Google has announced AngularJS 1.4 and their plans for 2015 on the 1.X branch. New features and bug fixes will come to AngularJS 1.4 and 1.5 while development on 2.0 continues in parallel.

Dart 1.8: An Interview with Seth Ladd of Google

by James Chesters on  Dec 16, 2014 3

Google has released version 1.8 of Dart, bringing with it experimental support for enums. InfoQ sat down with developer advocate Seth Ladd to get more information about the feature, and the latest info on the Dart project.

Supersonic Framework Touts Native Performance for Android and iOS Hybrid Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 12, 2014

AppGyver has announced Supersonic, a new framework to build hybrid mobile apps on Android and iOS that promises to provide "real native performance," says AppGyver, thanks to a novel approach to designing hybrid apps. Supersonic is also integrated with Steroids, an impressive cross-platform IDE for hybrid apps.

JavaScript on a Toaster: Embedded JavaScript with Duktape

by David Iffland on  Dec 10, 2014 1

Duktape takes JavaScript beyond the confines of the browser or server with a full ECMAScript 5 compliant engine that can be embedded into any C/C++ project.

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