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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.

Testing End-to-End with Nightwatch

by João Paulo Marques on  Feb 17, 2014 2

Nightwatch is a recently released acceptance framework based on Node.js that uses Selenium WebDriver API to automate web applications testing. The tool promises a simple syntax which enables the writing of end-to-end tests using JavaScript and CSS selector that runs against a Selenium server.

Simplified CSS Preprocessing with restyle.js

by Andy Earnshaw on  Feb 17, 2014

Andrea Giammarchi's restyle.js is a new, JavaScript-based, CSS preprocessor that can run on either the server (via Node.js) or in the browser. It touts itself as "a simplified CSS approach", generating all prefixed variations of CSS rules and properties and, if applicable, inserting them into the DOM.

Challenges Performing Background Compilation in V8

by Abel Avram on  Feb 15, 2014

This article includes details on the recently background compilation introduced in V8, Chrome’s JavaScript engine.

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