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Mobile Usage Report Highlights Trends and Shifts in Mobile Device Use

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 05, 2014

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.

Creating Single Page Apps With Angular.JS and ASP.NET

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 04, 2014

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.

IDC: The Past, Present and Future of HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

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.

Changes to the Silverlight Runtime for Windows Phone

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

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.

Meteor 0.7.1 Release Brings Dev Accounts, Further Improvements

by James Chesters on  Mar 28, 2014

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."

Using Sigma for Drawing Graphs

by João Paulo Marques on  Mar 20, 2014

The team behind Sigma, a JavaScript library dedicated to drawing graphs in Web applications, released a new version of this tool. What this library provides is a way for developers to create graphs while making networks manipulation on webpages smooth and faster for the user.

AngularJS 2.0 Will Target Mobile Apps, Drop Support For Older Browsers

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Mar 20, 2014 2

"AngularJS 2.0 is a framework for mobile apps" says the AngularJS team. The framework will continue to be supported for desktops, but the primary focus will be on getting the mobile bit right. The goals also include support for EcmaScript 6 along with a transpiler (since browsers don't support ES6 yet).

Java EE 8 Survey Last Call

by Victor Grazi on  Mar 11, 2014 1

Oracle announces the third final survey on Java EE 8, the next version of Java Enterprise Edition, and the Glassfish reference implementation.

Elm 0.11 Improves JavaScript Interop

by Tom Coupland on  Mar 10, 2014

Elm’s recent 0.11 release aims to simplify using the FRP language in combination with Javascript.

Jolt Awards 2014: Mobile and Coding Tools

by Abel Avram on  Mar 07, 2014

Dr. Dobbs has awarded the Jolt Award for Mobile and Coding Tools for 2014.

Orion 5 Supports More Languages and Can Deploy to Cloud

by Abel Avram on  Mar 04, 2014

Enhancements in Orion 5 include: syntax highlighting for several languages, content assist for several Node.js libraries and databases, better syntax validation, cloud deployment and others.

Going Offline with LocalForage

by João Paulo Marques on  Feb 26, 2014

The Mozilla Foundation has released localForage, a new JavaScript library that promises to simplify the process of storing offline data in web applications. What makes this library unique is the fact that it tries to combine the best of both worlds: the features of some more recent technologies (asynchronism and blob support) with a simple API.

Cordova 3.4 Embraces Firefox OS

by Abel Avram on  Feb 22, 2014

Taking a detour from their original pure-HTML5 approach to mobile development, Mozilla has been working on adding support for Firefox OS to Cordova, which has happened with the latest Cordova 3.4.0.

Project Helios: An ASP.NET OWIN-based Web Host Running on IIS

by Abel Avram on  Feb 19, 2014

Microsoft has released a project called Helios, a lightweight OWIN-based web host running on top of IIS.

Testing End-to-End with Nightwatch

by João Paulo Marques on  Feb 17, 2014 2

Nightwatch is a recently released acceptance framework based on Node.js that uses Selenium WebDriver API to automate web applications testing. The tool promises a simple syntax which enables the writing of end-to-end tests using JavaScript and CSS selector that runs against a Selenium server.

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