Ratpack, a high performance Java web framework, has reached 1.0 status. The 1.0 release is API-stable and can be considered production ready. The main thing that makes Ratpack interesting is the execution model, which aims to make asynchronous programming on the JVM easier.
During the second technical keynote at SpringOne2GX last week Guillaume Laforge talked about plans for Groovy 2.4.x and 2.5. Perhaps the most significant is improved compiler performance with a new Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) class reader in place of using class loading tricks.
Node.js and former Node fork io.js recently released their first combined in a single codebase. InfoQ sat down with Node.js Foundation community manager Mikeal Rogers to find out more.
Facebook has announced the launch of their declarative data framework, Relay. Using GraphQL for structuring data requests, Relay lets developers and designers declare the data they need, letting the framework determine what to retrieve and how to do it.
Two months after entering beta, React 0.14 has reached release candidate status. React 0.14 will enforce separation of rendering and core concerns, make it easier to declare stateless components, and add new `refs` syntax.
An interview about recent developments in requirement definition and management, how agile teams handle requirements and which problems they face in their daily work, using interactive diagrams and prototypes for conveying requirements, how interactive prototyping can be used with a lean startup approach, and what the future will bring us in requirements definition and management.
The Node.js Foundation has released Node.js v 4.0, combining Node.js and io.js into one single codebase. The all-new Node.js contains many new ES6 features enabled by default, as well as V8 v4.5, with accompanying new features.
Bazel, the build system that Google open sourced six months ago, has reached the first beta milestone as planned, adding support for several languages and technologies.
Microsoft have released the beta for TypeScript 1.6, and with it support for React. Program manager Jonathan Turner explains that while the TypeScript team has collaborated with teams responsible for libraries including Dojo, Aurelia, and Angular, React is "an important library" that that has been difficult for TypeScript developers.
The Angular team has announced a new component, dubbed ng-upgrade, that will allow Angular 1 and Angular 2 projects to coexist. This will allow developers to migrate an application one piece at a time without losing the fidelity of either engine.
Chris McCord has released version 1.0 of the Phoenix web framework. Written in Elixir, Phoenix implements the server-side MVC pattern and aims to combine high developer productivity with high application performance.
Mozilla has released a major overhaul to how Firefox add-ons are developed. Included is the introduction of the WebExtensions API and a requirement for add-ons to be reviewed and signed by Mozilla before deployment. The developer community has reacted with a range of emotions to the announcements.