The upcoming AngularJS 1.3 release arrives with a heavy focus on improved form data manipulation. While this version solves some real-life pain points, for some developers, it may not be an automatic upgrade.
Ember.js 1.6 has been released to the community, following delays caused by the addition of an AMD loader. However, this delay has been largely unremarked upon by the Ember community, with users excited about the new features in version 1.6 and the promise of 1.7.
Jasper van Rijbroek has released Raddish, a new Node.js framework with "ridiculous speeds" that also comes with out of the box support for threads and sockets. According to its own notes, Raddish aims to be "amazingly fast". Van Rijbroek told InfoQ that by using a fallback system Raddish allows developers to write less code to reach their goals.
Synth, an API-first web framework built on Node.js, was announced recently. Features include preload angular model data on page load, preload HTML view on page load, and a simplified project structure. Despite some positive reactions, it has also been greeted with confusion from the wider developer community.
Express.JS, the Node.js web application framework, recently released version 4.0, with router improvements and removed bundled middleware,; but the team say they currently have "no major plans” for future releases.
The Ember.js team has released version 1.5, with new testing features, and an eager URL update that will “provide for a better UX 99% of the time,” according to Ember core team member Robert Jackson. Jackson, posting on the Ember.js blog, described the new version as having “a ton of bug fixes and small improvements” as well as new features in the release.
Angular.JS is a popular framework created by Google for creating single page applications. Despite its origins, it can also easily work with ASP.NET to provide Microsoft-centric developers the same powerful capabilities.
"AngularJS 2.0 is a framework for mobile apps" says the AngularJS team. The framework will continue to be supported for desktops, but the primary focus will be on getting the mobile bit right. The goals also include support for EcmaScript 6 along with a transpiler (since browsers don't support ES6 yet).
Ionic is a new user interface framework for building hybrid mobile applications with HTML5 that bills itself as the "bond between native and HTML5". It provides many of the essential mobile user interface paradigms, such as simple items like lists, tab bars and toggle switches. It also provides more complex visual layout examples such as menus that slide out to reveal content underneath.