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Cayley: A Graph Engine Inspired by Google’s Knowledge Graph

by Abel Avram on  Jun 26, 2014

Barak Michener, a Software Engineer working for the Google Knowledge Team, has open sourced a personal project called Cayley, a graph database inspired by Freebase and the Google Knowledge Graph, the later powering Google’s search engine. Freebase is a collection of free structured data, currently at ~2.7B facts and counting, and an API for querying this data.

Node Security Project Aims at Making Node.js More Secure

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 25, 2014

Node Security Project has been quietly working at improving Node.js security for a few months now. The project has the goal of auditing Node.js existing module base to help "improve Node landscape and provide confidence to developers and enterprises about the state of security in Node.js land."

Orion 6.0 Brings Language Tooling Support for JavaScript

by James Chesters on  Jun 24, 2014

Orion 6.0 will be released this month, bringing with it improvements to the language tooling support for JavaScript development.

Synth, API-First Web Framework, Confuses Community

by James Chesters on  Jun 17, 2014 1

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.

Socket.IO 1.0 Release Brings Binary Support, new Engine.IO Module

by James Chesters on  Jun 10, 2014

Guillermo Rauch has released version 1.0 of the Socket.IO realtime JavaScript library, bringing with it the new Engine.IO module, and support for sending binary data. Coming more than two years since the last major release, the JavaScript community has largely greeted the news warmly, but for some the release has been too long coming.

Facebook Unveils Jest for JavaScript Unit Testing, Automatic Mocking

by James Chesters on  Jun 03, 2014

Facebook has released Jest, built on top of the Jasmine test framework, for JavaScript Unit Testing. Jest automatically mocks dependencies when running tests, and uses CommonJS instead of a proprietary module loader.

Google Is Now Indexing JavaScript and CSS Content: Pitfalls to Avoid

by Sergio De Simone on  May 30, 2014 1

Google has announced that Googlebot, its web crawler, now executes and indexes some content in JavaScript. This change could impact negatively search results, unless a few basic rules are taken into account.

Dart 1.4 Brings New Tool for Performance Analysis

by James Chesters on  May 27, 2014 2

Google has released version 1.4 of its web programming language Dart. The release brings with it Observatory; a new tool for performance analysis, and a new experimental feature for dart:io, ServerSocket references.

IBM's Nick O'Leary Demos Node-RED for the Internet of Things

by Steffen Opel on  May 26, 2014

Nick O'Leary presented Node-RED, an open-source project focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), at the last QCon London. The project, created by IBM's Emerging Technology team, provides a browser-based environment for visually "wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways".

Apple Speeds Up WebKit’s JS Engine with LLVM JIT

by Abel Avram on  May 16, 2014 3

Apple has improved the speed of Nitro with 35% – Safari’s JavaScript engine – by converting JavaScript into LLVM IR code which is then subject to heavy optimization.

Firefox OS 1.3 Adds New Technologies For Mobile Developers

by Sergio De Simone on  May 14, 2014

Mozilla has announced that a new Firefox OS version is now available to Mozilla partners. The update includes many new features for both users and developers. The new OS version is already available on a new ZTE mobile phone, the ZTE Open C.

Firefox 29 Brings Improvements in asm.js Performance, New Web API

by James Chesters on  May 13, 2014

Mozilla has released Firefox 29, bringing updates to the user interface as well as improvements in asm.js performance and new web API, including Web Audio API and CSS Flexbox, and a finalised and enabled Gamepad API.

Visual Studio Now Supports Hybrid Cross-platform Mobile Development via Cordova

by Abel Avram on  May 13, 2014

Microsoft has added native support for hybrid cross-platform mobile applications in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.

GitHub Open Sources the Atom IDE

by Abel Avram on  May 07, 2014

GitHub has open sourced their Atom IDE including the Atom Shell framework, Atom Core, and the Atom Package Manager (apm).

Promises: The New Async Standard in Browser JavaScript?

by Zef Hemel on  May 02, 2014

Everybody who did more than some basic work with JavaScript has come across asynchronous programming. However, opinions on how properly deal with this asynchrony has been a long ongoing debate in the JavaScript world. However, with the arrival of native promises in EcmaScript 6, future browser APIs will start using promises instead (where appropriate).

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