Google's Chrome team has released the stable version of Chrome 39: with updates including the Web Application Manifest specification, Beacon API, and support for ES6 generators.
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.
Matt DeBergalis has announced the Meteor 1.0 release, with new features for mobile app development and packaging improvements. Among some of the highlights in the landmark release is improved Mobile App Support. Where support for building mobile apps in Meteor was announced in September's 0.9.2 release, 1.0 brings with it significant changes relating to Cordova.
Bootstrap 3.3.0 was announced last week, along with a set of upcoming changes in Boostrap 4 alpha. One of the biggest changes coming soon is removal of support for IE8.
Ember 1.8 has been announced. One of the biggest changes is use of metal-views, which improves rendering performance as well as paves the way for more rendering improvements, grouped as "HTMLBars" in the future.
After gestating for more than a year on GitHub, the project Streams has now been adopted by WHATWG in an effort to standardize a web streaming API. The project is led by Domenic Denicola, the man that started the work on Promises, currently part of the upcoming ECMAScript 6.
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.
The Angular team has released AngularDart 1.0, which contains a lot of new features, performance improvements and bug fixes. It is the first version of the framework with the stamp "production-ready".
At the 2014 ng-europe conference in Paris, the Angular team gave attendees details about the upcoming AngularJS 2.0 release. It's a significant departure from version 1.X that eliminates much of the existing architecture. Angular 2.0 is built on a new language called AtScript.