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Express 4.0: Router improvements, Removes Bundled Middleware; But No Major Plans for Future

by James Chesters on  Apr 22, 2014

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.

Mozilla and Unity Team Up to Rule Web Gameplay

by João Paulo Marques on  Apr 18, 2014

Mozilla and Unity recently announced they have joined forces to bring Unity's popular game engine to the web using WebGL standard and Mozilla’s asm.js.

jQuery Stops IE 6 and IE 7 Support in v1.13

by Dennis Wilson on  Apr 17, 2014

jQuery will drop support for Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 "somewhere in 2015", jQuery Foundation president Dave Methvin stated on the official jQuery blog last week. This change will go hand in hand with the release of jQuery 1.13. The release 1.12 will be the last one with official support for the named versions of Microsoft's default browser for Windows.

Ember.js 1.5 Released: New Testing Features, Improved UX

by James Chesters on  Apr 16, 2014

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.

Cucumber.js for BDD in JavaScript: An Interview with Julien Biezemans

by James Chesters on  Apr 15, 2014

Julien Biezemans is a Cucumber core team member and the author of Cucumber.js. Cucumber.js is a native JavaScript implementation of Cucumber, and is a strict port that can run on any JavaScript environment. Running on Node.js as well as within any browsers, Cucumber.js is virtually serviceable against everything producing JavaScript and HTML (Node.js, Ruby on Rails, PHP, .NET, etc)

Meteor 0.8: Blaze Release Overhauls Rendering System

by James Chesters on  Apr 08, 2014

Meteor has released version 0.8, bringing an “an overhaul of Meteor's rendering system.” Meteor’s next generation live templating engine, Blaze, includes support for fine-grained DOM updates, jQuery integration and simpler API. Blaze replaces the live page update engine Spark that was introduced in version 0.4 in 2012.

Ratchet Becomes a Real Framework, Gets a New Home

by Burke Holland on  Apr 07, 2014

The mobile application prototyping tool, Ratchet, has been promoted to a full application framework, and moved into the Bootstrap GitHub repo. It also has new documentation and new themes for iOS and Android.

WinJS Goes Open Source, Adds Windows Phone 8.1 Support

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 07, 2014

The Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS) is now fully open source and no longer limited to the Microsoft platform. Alongside this announcement, the 2.1 release adds support for Windows Phone 8.1.

Creating Single Page Apps With Angular.JS and ASP.NET

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 04, 2014

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.

Meteor 0.7.1 Release Brings Dev Accounts, Further Improvements

by James Chesters on  Mar 28, 2014

Matt DeBergalis has released version 0.7.1 of Meteor, with the improvements to oplog and minimongo, CSS preprocessing, and Meteor developer accounts. Version 0.7.1 includes added support to minimongo for what DeBergalis refers to on the Meteor blog as “more of the ‘estoteric corners’ of the MongoDB query language."

Using Sigma for Drawing Graphs

by João Paulo Marques on  Mar 20, 2014

The team behind Sigma, a JavaScript library dedicated to drawing graphs in Web applications, released a new version of this tool. What this library provides is a way for developers to create graphs while making networks manipulation on webpages smooth and faster for the user.

AngularJS 2.0 Will Target Mobile Apps, Drop Support For Older Browsers

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Mar 20, 2014 2

"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).

Jolt Awards 2014: Mobile and Coding Tools

by Abel Avram on  Mar 07, 2014

Dr. Dobbs has awarded the Jolt Award for Mobile and Coding Tools for 2014.

Orion 5 Supports More Languages and Can Deploy to Cloud

by Abel Avram on  Mar 04, 2014

Enhancements in Orion 5 include: syntax highlighting for several languages, content assist for several Node.js libraries and databases, better syntax validation, cloud deployment and others.

Going Offline with LocalForage

by João Paulo Marques on  Feb 26, 2014

The Mozilla Foundation has released localForage, a new JavaScript library that promises to simplify the process of storing offline data in web applications. What makes this library unique is the fact that it tries to combine the best of both worlds: the features of some more recent technologies (asynchronism and blob support) with a simple API.

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