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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.

Firefox 37 Brings Native Playback of HTML5 Video

by James Chesters on  Apr 13, 2015

Mozilla has released Firefox 37, bringing native playback of HTML5 video for Windows, and many security changes.

Meteor 1.1: Now with Support for Windows and MongoDB 3.0

by James Chesters on  Apr 07, 2015 1

Matt DeBergalis has released version 1.1 of Meteor, announcing support for both Windows and MongoDB 3.0. The 1.1 release "adds first-class official support" for developing applications software on Microsoft Windows, DeBergalis said, adding that it is the start of "a commitment to developers on the Microsoft platform."

Microsoft Announces Azure Active Directory Plugin for Cordova

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 07, 2015

MS Open Tech has announced a Cordova plugin which allows developers to use Active Directory Authentication in their apps for Android, iOS, Windows Store, and Windows Phone platforms to access the APIs that it protects, such as Office 365, Azure, Graph API, etc.

Polymer 0.8 Comes with Performance Improvements and Breaking Changes

by Abel Avram on  Apr 07, 2015

The Polymer team has made available Polymer 0.8 alpha with a “proposed API for 1.0” but it is “not compatible with the 0.5 API” having many breaking changes. The library has been optimized for size and performance and it is not yet feature complete.

SemVer Confuses. NPM Tries to Help

by David Iffland on  Apr 03, 2015

NPM has released the SemVer calculator, a tool to help developers determine if a SemVer selector string matches the correct versions.

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