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Microsoft Shares Details on Spartan Rendering Engine

by David Iffland on  Mar 03, 2015

Microsoft has provided new information on the reasoning behind the switch to a brand new rendering engine for Project Spartan, the web browser shipping with Windows 10. The new engine is a fork of Trident and eliminates swathes of code that have been in place for 20 years.

Node.js Fork JXcore Goes Open Source

by James Chesters on  Mar 02, 2015

Node.js fork JXcore has gone entirely open source this week. Oguz Bastemar, CTO for the company behind JXcore, announced the news saying "We want JXcore to be a community driven open-source and open-governance project." JXcore's latest release also features a multiple JavaScript engine design, including a wrapper for both SpiderMonkey and V8 engines.

jQuery Plugin Registry Future Unclear

by David Iffland on  Feb 26, 2015

The jQuery Plugin Registry is now in read-only mode and developers are encouraged to move their plugins over to npm. What comes next is less clear as a partnership with Famo.us has yet to fully develop. The end result is that stale, old plugins with no support will be eliminated.

Pointer Events Reaches W3C Final Stage, “Recommendation”

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2015

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the Pointer Events standard as a recommendation for wide adoption, but its future is in doubt as Apple and Google are refusing to implement it.

Facebook Stetho: Debugging Any Android App with Chrome DevTools

by Abel Avram on  Feb 23, 2015

Facebook has open sourced Stetho, an Android debugging bridge enabling developers to debug their apps using Chrome DevTools.

Both IE and Chrome Are to Support asm.js

by Abel Avram on  Feb 19, 2015

The modern.IE Platform Status indicates that now asm.js is in Development. According to Microsoft, the Chakra engine in Windows 10 will support asm.js, and Microsoft has been collaborating with Mozilla to implement it faster. Chrome is going to support it via TurboFan, a new optimizing compiler for V8.

Industry Heavy Hitters Establish Node.js Foundation with Joyent

by James Chesters on  Feb 17, 2015

Heavy hitters IBM, Paypal, Microsoft and The Linux Foundation have joined with Node.js stewards Joyent to set up the Node.js Foundation. The announcement follows the first significant Node.js release since 2013, and the 1.0 release of io.js, the Node.js fork.

Android Developers Now Can Test WebView before It Is Released

by Abel Avram on  Feb 17, 2015

Google has made Android WebView available as a standalone application for developers willing to test it.

6to5 JavaScript Transpiler Changes Name to Babel

by David Iffland on  Feb 16, 2015

The JavaScript transpiler 6to5 has changed its name to Babel in an attempt to better represent the functionality and goals of the project. While the original 6to5 name was appropriate, the functionality gains by the library have reduced the name's relevance.

Microsoft Open Sources TouchDevelop Containing 160K LoC

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2015 1

Microsoft has open source their research project TouchDevelop, which contains about 160K lines of code mostly written in TypeScript.

Twitter Unveils Digits Login for Web

by João Paulo Marques on  Feb 11, 2015 1

Twitter has officially released Digits Login for Web, the latest interaction of Digits that extends the SMS-based login system to mobile app's sites powered by Digits.

Azure Toolkit for Eclipse Added Support for WebSphere Liberty and Application Insights

by Janakiram MSV on  Feb 10, 2015

The Java development team at Microsoft Open Tech has released the latest version of Azure Toolkit for Eclipse that includes support for IBM WebSphere Liberty and Microsoft Application Insights. Available on Github, Azure Toolkit for Eclipse with Java is a plugin for developing, testing and deploying Java projects on Microsoft Azure.

Node.js Releases Version 0.12

by James Chesters on  Feb 10, 2015

Node.js has released version 0.12, its first significant release since 2013's 0.10. The much-anticipated version 0.12, once described as "imminent" in January 2014, comes with a raft of Module and JS API changes, an updated version of V8, and many debugging enhancements. Significantly, it also comes with initial support for ECMAScript Internationalization API 1.0 (ECMA-402).

Is.js Offers Simple Way to Check Data

by David Iffland on  Feb 10, 2015

The micro-check library is.js offers JavaScript developers a quick way to check data for type conformance, regexp matching, arithmetic comparison, and more.

Google Dumps SPDY after HTTP/2 Enters "Last Call"

by Abel Avram on  Feb 10, 2015

Google has announced giving up SPDY after HTTP/2.0 has integrated the protocol and its standardization is in its final stages.

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