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Service Workers Promise to Make Web Apps Feel Native

by David Iffland on  Dec 03, 2014

The service worker browser feature holds promise for developers looking to make their web apps feel more like native apps. Running in the background and without user interaction, service workers enable advanced scenarios such as offline functionality, cache, background sync, geofencing, and push notifications.

Google Uses Machine Learning to Simplify CAPTCHA

by Abel Avram on  Dec 03, 2014

Google has announced a new CAPTCHA API which provides a No CAPTHA experience for most users.

Firefox 34 Brings SSLv3 Security Fix, New HTML5 Implementations

by James Chesters on  Dec 03, 2014

Mozilla has this week released Firefox 34, with notable features including SSLv3 disabled by default, WebIDE, and the implementation of ECMAScript 6 WeakSet.

Google's Recipe to Code Sharing across Android, iOS, and the Web

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 26, 2014 3

Garrick Toubassi, Google Inbox engineering director, has recently explained how his team could get to "sharing roughly two-thirds of their client code" across three platforms: iOS, Android, and the web. The key is a clear separation of concerns between UI code and UI-independent logic, and a couple of tools that Google developed through the years.

JavaScript Powered Macros in Visual Studio 2013

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 26, 2014 2

A new extension gives Visual Studio users an easy way to utilize macros in the IDE. Powered by JavaScript, they offer developers a powerful way to automate common or repetitive tasks.

Chrome 39 Brings Beacon API and ES6 Generators

by James Chesters on  Nov 25, 2014

Google's Chrome team has released the stable version of Chrome 39: with updates including the Web Application Manifest specification, Beacon API, and support for ES6 generators.

Origami: Component-Based Web Applications

by João Miranda on  Nov 24, 2014

Andrew Betts, director at FT Labs, presented to Velocity Europe 2014 attendants a set of home-grown standards and tools for web development. They aim to cope with the development challenges of creating and maintaining more than eight hundred *.ft.com sites. FT Labs main strategy is to breakdown web pages into components built within a well-defined set of rules.

Facebook Flow Provides More Static Typing for JavaScript

by Abel Avram on  Nov 19, 2014

Announced during @Scale 2014, Facebook has open sourced Flow, a static type checker for JavaScript. Flow joins Microsoft TypeScript and Google AtScript to provide web developers with a tool meant to catch some bugs in the code before they manifest at runtime.

TypeScript 1.3 and the March Toward ECMAScript 6

by David Iffland on  Nov 19, 2014

Microsoft recently released TypeScript 1.3 and gave a preview of what's to come in version 1.4. TypeScript is one of a few industry efforts to add type checking to JavaScript and Microsoft aims to make TypeScript a full superset of ECMAScript 6.

Microsoft, Adobe Release Critical Security Updates

by James Chesters on  Nov 18, 2014

Microsoft has released secruity improvements to Internet Explorer, fixing a vulnerablity that could allow an attacker to take control of a user's system. But according to Robert Freeman, manager of IBM X-Force Research, the issue was reported to Microsoft with a working proof-of-concept back in May 2014 -- and the issue is far older.

Lovefield: An SQL-like Query Engine by Google

by Abel Avram on  Nov 18, 2014

Lovefield is a JavaScript library providing an SQL-like query engine to web developers who want the benefits of a relational database.

Android and iOS Go HTML5 Friendly With Their Latest Releases

by João Paulo Marques on  Nov 17, 2014

The two popular mobile operating systems, Android and iOS, may be about to give a boost to the HTML5 development with their latest releases. While Google is removing WebView from Android's core, making it an updatable component, Apple replaced the traditional UIWebView with WKWebView, which has advantages in the performance, stability and functionality of hybrid applications.

Adobe Declares Brackets is Ready with 1.0 Release

by James Chesters on  Nov 11, 2014

Adobe has released Brackets 1.0, its open source code editor for web designers and front-end developers. Web developer evangelist Ryan Stewart says in the past three years the team has been very busy adding features to help make Brackets a world class text-editor. Declaring this release as 1.0 is our way of telling the world that Brackets is ready.

Mozilla Quiet Ahead of Firefox Developer Edition Launch

by David Iffland on  Nov 08, 2014 1

Last week, Mozilla hinted at Firefox Developer Edition, a version made "by developers, for developers." This special version is part of a celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the release of Firefox 1.0. But, in the days preceding the release, the company has gone uncharacteristically quiet.

IntelliJ IDEA 14 Arrives

by Matt Raible on  Nov 06, 2014 1

JetBrains released IntelliJ IDEA 14 a month ahead of schedule. This release introduces a wealth of innovative features, including a new decompiler, debugger improvements, editor enhancements, support for Android Wear/TV, and support for many JavaScript frameworks.

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