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Firefox 38 Released, Adds Support for DRM

by David Iffland on  May 13, 2015

Version 38 of Mozilla Firefox has been released, adding new HTML5 features and support for DRM-protected content on Windows.

io.js Team Releases 2.0, Debates Joining Node Foundation

by James Chesters on  May 12, 2015

The io.js team has released version 2.0 bringing with it the upgraded V8 JavaScript engine. The upgrade moves classes out of staging, with the class keyword usable in strict mode without flags, as well moving object literal enhancements out of staging, making shorthand method and property syntax usable, and implementing rest parameters in staging behind the --harmony-rest-parameters flag.

A Developer’s View on Microsoft Edge

by Abel Avram on  May 08, 2015 6

Microsoft Edge started as a IE fork but later departed considerably from it in an attempt to break with the past and legacy Internet technologies, removing 200K LoC but adding other 300K. Microsoft says they want “better interoperability with other modern browsers, improved performance, security & reliability, and reduced code complexity.”

Vorlon.js Released, Aims to Help Developers Remotely Test and Debug JavaScript Code

by James Chesters on  May 07, 2015

Microsoft has released Vorlon.js, a remote debugging tool for JavaScript. Announcing the tool in a MSDN blog post, creator David Catuhe described Vorlon.js as "a small web server you can run from your local machine, or install on a server for your team to access, that serves the Vorlon.js dashboard and communicates with the remote devices."

Platypi JavaScript Platform Launches

by David Iffland on  May 07, 2015

The Platypi JavaScript Platform recently launched and offers developers a suite of tools including a MVC framework built in TypeScript as well as a UI library and a command line tool. The platform uses Apache Cordova for cross device compatibility.

Microsoft Goes Universal with Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial and Westminster

by Abel Avram on  May 04, 2015

In an attempt to bring Android, iOS, classic Windows and web applications on a single platform and make them available through the Windows Store, Microsoft has launched four projects, also knows as Universal Windows Platform Bridges, namely: Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial, and Westminster.

New F12 Developer Tools for the New Microsoft Edge

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft's new web browser, Edge, comes with new F12 developer tools built in TypeScript.

Ember Community Votes Overwhelmingly to Drop IE8

by James Chesters on  Apr 28, 2015

Ember.js users have voted overwhelmingly in favour of dropping support for Internet Explorer 8. Ember co-creator Tom Dale said "the vast majority of Ember users" were "comfortable" with giving up IE8 support in Ember 2.0. Dale went on to say that while there was also "enormous support for dropping IE9 support as well" the benefits were not "as strong".

Web Frameworks Benchmark 2015

by Abel Avram on  Apr 23, 2015 1

We published in 2014 the results of TechEmpower’s benchmark of various web frameworks, a term including web platforms and micro-frameworks. A year later, they have published a new set of results outlining important changes in the performance of top 10 web frameworks.

Box Releases T3 JavaScript Framework

by David Iffland on  Apr 23, 2015

Online storage company Box open-sourced their T3 JavaScript framework built to accommodate many developers working on large codebases. It creates loosely coupled components and can be used with other JavaScript frameworks.

Google Proposes to Enhance JSON with Jsonnet

by Abel Avram on  Apr 21, 2015 8

Google has open sourced Jsonnet, a configuration language that supersedes JSON and adds new features without breaking backwards compatibility: comments, references, arithmetic and conditional operators, array and object comprehension, imports, functions, local variables, inheritance and others. Jsonnet programs are translated to compliant JSON data formats.

AngularJS 1.4 Completely Refactors Animation System

by James Chesters on  Apr 20, 2015

The AngularJS 1.4 release candidate has been announced, bringing a complete refactor of the internal animation code system. With the 1.4 release, ngAnimate uses the new animation system to provide support for CSS-based animations as well as JavaScript-based animations via callback hooks.

Mobile-friendly Websites Are to Be Favored by Google Search

by Abel Avram on  Apr 20, 2015

Starting with April 21st, 2015, Google will change the algorithm for searches originating from mobile devices to favor websites that are optimized for smartphones. This change will affect searches in all languages worldwide and will have a “significant impact in our search results”, according to Google.

Angular and React Teams Collaborate

by David Iffland on  Apr 15, 2015

Members of the AngularJS and React.js teams got together last week to discuss what they've been working on and areas where they can collaborate. While there are a lot of similarities between the projects, there is virtually no chance they will ever merge.

Chrome 42 Disables NPAPI and Related Plug-ins: Java, Unity, Silverlight

by Abel Avram on  Apr 15, 2015 3

As outlined in the NPAPI Deprecation Guide, Chrome 42, which was due this month and was recently released to the stable channel, has disabled support for the Netscape Plug-in API. The reason is that NPAPI “has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity” and the intent was first announced in 2013.

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