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WinJS 4.0 Is Compatible with AngularJS, React, Bootstrap and Knockout

by Abel Avram on  Jun 09, 2015 2

With WinJS 4.0 Microsoft has focused on keeping it compatible with the latest versions of the major browsers, targeting the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), and integrating with other JavaScript frameworks.

Visual Studio Code v0.3: Support for Rust and F# debugging

by James Chesters on  Jun 08, 2015

Microsoft has released v0.3 of its native Visual Studio application, bringing with it support for Rust, as well as changes to keybindings.

Google Moves Dart to GitHub and Kills the Chrome Dev Editor

by Abel Avram on  Jun 04, 2015 9

Google designed Dart as a better language for the web, for developers who wanted a more solid language and tools than what existed in the JavaScript ecosystem. Also, they aimed for better performance. While Dart is certainly more robust and better designed than JavaScript and it outperforms JavaScript on several benchmarks, the language has seen several setbacks.

Chrome 44 Beta Brings ES6 Features, Improved Notifications

by James Chesters on  Jun 03, 2015

Google has released Chrome 44 beta: with updates including new ES6 features and improved notification capabilities. The latest beta release for the OS brings computed property names, allowing expression for property names in object literals and class literals.

Angular 1.4 Done, But Short of Goal

by David Iffland on  Jun 02, 2015

Angular 1.4 is finished and includes many new features and bug fixes. Unfortunately, the most anticipated new feature has been pushed back to version 1.5

Polymer 1.0 Has a Catalog of Elements for Google Services

by Abel Avram on  May 30, 2015

Announced at I/O 2013, and after being incubated for a couple of years and going through a major overhaul, Google has finally released Polymer 1.0 as production ready. It includes elements for working with Google services, material design, animations, and others.

Windows 10 uses Chakra to Provide JavaScript For All Applications

by Jeff Martin on  May 29, 2015

Microsoft has expanded the role of its Chakra JavaScript engine in Windows 10-- giving developers to use it for scripting support in their own applications. Formerly focused on a server-side role, these new APIs are suitable for a variety of applications to use JavaScript.

Tabris.js: Native Mobile Apps in JavaScript Without Web Views

by Sergio De Simone on  May 26, 2015 2

Tabris.js is an open source mobile framework aimed to build native iOS and Android apps entirely in JavaScript. Among the main benefits of Tabris.js are performance, a fast development cycle, and support for thrid-party plugins including Cordova’s, according to EclipseSource. InfoQ has spoken with EclipseSource’s Holger Staudacher.

Underscore and Lodash Discuss Merging

by David Iffland on  May 26, 2015 1

The Underscore and Lodash JavaScript libraries have started discussions on how to merge the projects into a single project.

Microsoft: Edge Performs Better than Chrome and Firefox

by Abel Avram on  May 21, 2015

This article outlines some of the performance optimizations done for the Chakra engine and the Octane and Jet Stream benchmark results for Edge, Chrome and Firefox.

Node.js and io.js Merge Under the Node Foundation

by Abel Avram on  May 16, 2015

The io.js TC has voted to join the upcoming Node Foundation. The project will be named Node.js but it will be based on io.js’ repository.

Ionic Releases 1.0, Next Version to Support AngularJS 2.0

by Abel Avram on  May 15, 2015

Ionic has released the production ready version 1.0, and has started work on the next version that will be built on AngularJS 2.0. Also, soon a number of mobile services –Push, Deploy, Analytics, Package - will be made public.

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.”

Python 3.5 will Support Async/Await Asynchronous Programming

by Sergio De Simone on  May 07, 2015 1

Python 3.5 will add support for coroutines with async and await syntax, according to Python Enhancement Proposal (PEP) #0492. The proposal aims at making coroutines a native Python language feature and to "establish a common, easily approachable, mental model of asynchronous programming."

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