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Firefox Moves to Eliminate XUL, Discusses How to Rebuild

by David Iffland on  Jul 09, 2015

Discussions have begun on how to eliminate XUL and XBL from Firefox. There's a long way to go before anything concrete happens, but the move will go a long way to modernize a browser built with outdated technology.

Anticipated Firefox 39 Released After Stability Issues Cause Delays

by James Chesters on  Jul 08, 2015

Mozilla has released Firefox 39, after initial stability issues caused by a third party application. The much-anticipated release brings with it support for CSS Scroll Snap Points, new sharing features, and improved dev tools -- as well as several critical bug fixes.

Symantec Claims Zero Day Flash Vulnerability Likely to be Exploited

by Alex Blewitt on  Jul 08, 2015 1

Symantec is reporting that the zero-day vulnerability discovered (and weaponised) in the HackDay leak allows for remote code execution. Adobe will be updating Flash in the near future but disabling Flash may be the only solution at the moment.

Google Brings Material Design to CSS, HTML, and JavaScript

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 07, 2015 1

Google Material Design Lite) (MDL) aims to enable material design look and feel for websites. Material design is a visual language that is standard on Android and that Google is proposing cross-platform.

Douglas Crockford Previews His Idea For a New Web

by David Iffland on  Jul 06, 2015

At the Angular U conference in San Francisco, Douglas Crockford presented a radical new idea for upgrading the web. His proposal would replace parts of the web that don't work with newer, more secure alternatives, leaving behind existing web techologies such as SSL, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

NPM 3 Beta Brings Good News for Windows Users

by James Chesters on  Jun 29, 2015

The beta of npm 3.0 has been released, with an almost complete rewrite of its installer bringing good news for running Node.js on Windows. Announcing the release, Rebecca Turner said the npm team were "delighted and proud" to be getting the 3.0 beta out, and that they were "looking forward to working with the npm user community to get it production-ready as quickly as possible."

Angular Team Provides Roadmap, Demos Integration with React Native

by David Iffland on  Jun 24, 2015

Angular 2 is moving forward, but still does not have a release date. The Angular team demonstrated the idea of splitting the framework into two pieces to enable different UI renderers to work with the same JavaScript backend. This will allow Angular to integrate with React Native.

Facebook Nuclide Is Now Open Source

by Abel Avram on  Jun 24, 2015

Announced three months ago during the F8 developer conference, Facebook has open sourced the code for their Nuclide IDE. Nuclide is based on Atom, adding a number of packages without changing anything in the core of GitHub’s IDE.

WebAssembly: A Universal Binary and Text Format for the Web

by Abel Avram on  Jun 18, 2015 4

Mozilla, Google, Microsoft and Apple have decided to develop a binary format for the web. Called WebAssembly, this format could be a compilation target for any programming language, enabling applications to run in the browser or other agents.

Exploring ES6: Book Introduction and Author Interview

by Abel Avram on  Jun 17, 2015

Exploring ES6 by Axel Rauschmayer is an in-depth look at JavaScript’s latest features. This article includes a short interview with the author.

ECMAScript 2015 Has Been Approved

by Abel Avram on  Jun 17, 2015 2

The General Assembly of Ecma International has announced the approval of ECMA-262 6th edition, which is the Language Specification of ECMAScript 6 (ES6), also known as ECMAScript 2015.

RedHat Microservices Architecture Developer Day London

by Alex Blewitt on  Jun 15, 2015 5

Last week, RedHat hosted a "Microservices Architecture Developer Day" in London, and presented a set of technologies and patterns that can be used to create microservice-based applications using open-source solutions like Kubernetes, Docker, Fabric8 and Maven. Read on for more details about the day, including links to the presentations and demo videos.

Ember.js 1.13 Brings Glimmer Rendering Engine and 2.0 Beta

by James Chesters on  Jun 14, 2015

The Ember.js team has released the final iteration of the 1.x series, as well as their first 2.0 beta. The 1.13 release brings with it the Glimmer rendering engine, marking the third overhaul of Ember's 1.x rendering layer, and "dramatically improving re-render performance in many common scenarios," where previous iterations relied "on granular observation for efficiency."

Making JavaScript Editing Easier in Visual Studio 2015

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 11, 2015

The JavaScript language is always changing, and to remain useful developer tools need to keep pace. Visual Studio 2015 RC is delivering some evolutionary changes intended to do just that. Using libraries, documenting code, and navigating larger projects should be easier.

WinJS 4.0 Is Compatible with AngularJS, React, Bootstrap and Knockout

by Abel Avram on  Jun 09, 2015 2

With WinJS 4.0 Microsoft has focused on keeping it compatible with the latest versions of the major browsers, targeting the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), and integrating with other JavaScript frameworks.

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