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JHipster 2.0 Released with AngularJS improvements, Liquibase diffs, and Spring WebSockets

by Matt Raible on  Jan 29, 2015

JHipster, the Yeoman generator for Spring Boot/Angular projects, released version 2.0 earlier this month, with some notable changes: 1) the AngularJS code has been modularized, making it easier to use JHipster for larger projects and 2) Liquibase is now able to create "diffs" between the JPA code and the database, making it easier to update your database schema.

YouTube Switches to HTML5 Video Player

by David Iffland on  Jan 29, 2015 1

After many years of working on HTML5 support, YouTube has decided to use their HTML5 video player as the default for modern browsers, using the old Flash-based player only for legacy browsers. Using MPEG-DASH and W3C Media Source Extensions, YouTube can use Adaptive Bitrate streaming to reduce buffering and improve initial playback speed.

Groovy 2.4 Released, Brings Full Android support

by James Chesters on  Jan 27, 2015

Guillaume Laforge has released Groovy 2.4, bringing full Android support. LaForge says the new Android support "allows developers to write Android applications fully using Groovy, with much less boilerplate code than raw Java."

Vivaldi: A New Browser Created by Former Opera Developers

by Abel Avram on  Jan 27, 2015 3

A team of former Opera developers along with their ex-CEO Jon von Tetzchner have created a new browser called Vivaldi.

Leveraging Nashorn at Netflix

by Matt Raible on  Jan 26, 2015 1

Netflix recently hosted the Silicon Valley Java User Group to talk about Nashorn, "The Hidden Weapon of JDK 8." In this presentation the Netflix Partner Tools team described how they’ve started leveraging JavaScript in their services.

TypeScript 1.4 Released, Adds Union Types, More ES6 Features

by David Iffland on  Jan 22, 2015

Microsoft delivered TypeScript 1.4, the latest version of their JavaScript language superset. The new version adds union types and template strings. Also new is a ECMAScript 6 target mode.

1.0.x Release for io.js

by James Chesters on  Jan 20, 2015

The io.js team has released version 1.0 -- but the versioning does not suggest the platform is "production ready." Despite overtaking Node, io.js clarifies the release in its own FAQ: "The choice to release as 1.0.x was not to signify that io.js should be considered production-ready, but because it was a significant enough release from Node.js to warrant a major version increment," it says.

Pivotal Pulls Groovy/Grails Funding

by Victor Grazi on  Jan 19, 2015 10

Pivotal Software today announced that it will be withdrawing funding for the popular Groovy and Grails frameworks after March 31, 2015. Pivotal cited their larger strategy to concentrate resources on accelerating both commercial and open source projects that support its growing traction in Platform-as-a-Service, Data, and Agile development.

Atom API 1.0 is Stable

by Abel Avram on  Jan 16, 2015 2

The Atom’s team has announced a pre-release but stable version of the editor’s API.

6to5 JavaScript Transpiler Gains Momentum

by David Iffland on  Jan 14, 2015

The 6to5 JavaScript transpiler has made significant gains in its short 6 month lifespan, besting Google's Traceur transpiler in ECMAScript 6 compatibility. Developers can write ES6 code now and let 6to5 output valid ES5 for use in today's browsers. Recently 6to5 incorporated the team behind competitor esnext into the project.

Major release for L20n, Mozilla's Localisation Framework

by James Chesters on  Jan 13, 2015

Mozilla has released version 1.0 of L20n, an open source, localisation-specific scripting language.

What's Exciting in New JavaScript Libraries

by Philip De Smedt on  Jan 08, 2015

A number of new JavaScript libraries have popped up at GitHub and we decided to take a look at some of the more promising ones.

2014 JavaScript in Review

by David Iffland on  Dec 31, 2014

2014 has been an impressive year for JavaScript and its place on the web. We've covered a lot of stories on InfoQ from MVC frameworks to small, specialized libraries.

jQuery Takes Over the Pointer Events Polyfill from Google

by Abel Avram on  Dec 30, 2014 1

The Chromium team announced back in August that Google is no longer working on implementing Pointer Events in Chrome in order to focus on Touch Events. Now they have given control to the Pointer Events polyfill library to jQuery which is hoping to “drive developer adoption of this unified event system” and eventually see “all browsers implement this standard natively.”

Ruby 2.2.0 Released, Featuring Incremental and Symbol GC

by João Miranda on  Dec 29, 2014

Ruby 2.2.0, released on December 25th, is the gift rubyists got for Christmas. Highlights include several garbage collection (GC) improvements. There is a new incremental GC algorithm and symbols are now garbage collectable. Ruby also got a collection of minor improvements on the core classes and its standard library.

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