This article contains advice written for web developers by two engineers, one recommending useful tools and techniques while the other providing suggestions on addressing some of the challenges faced writing for the browser.
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.
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.
Mozilla has released Firefox Developer Edition 40, with major updates to CSS Animation Inspector. Dave Camp, director of engineering for Firefox, told InfoQ these changes allow developers to see all CSS animations applied to the selected node and any child nodes, with it being common for several Web animations to be combined to get a single effect.
AppGyver has announced Supersonic, a new framework to build hybrid mobile apps on Android and iOS that promises to provide "real native performance," says AppGyver, thanks to a novel approach to designing hybrid apps. Supersonic is also integrated with Steroids, an impressive cross-platform IDE for hybrid apps.
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.
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.
Fred Emmott, software engineer for Facebook, has announced the release of XHP-Bootstrap project, combining XHP with the Bootstrap framework. Emmott describes XHP as a way to create HTML user interfaces from PHP or Hack, and provides an XML-like syntax for creating stringable objects representing markup.
This article includes several guidelines for creating websites that scale for different screen sizes and form factors.
The mobile application prototyping tool, Ratchet, has been promoted to a full application framework, and moved into the Bootstrap GitHub repo. It also has new documentation and new themes for iOS and Android.
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."
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.