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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Microsoft has added native support for hybrid cross-platform mobile applications in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.
GitHub has open sourced their Atom IDE including the Atom Shell framework, Atom Core, and the Atom Package Manager (apm).
The Edge.js project allows developers to combine C# with Node.js, within a single process. The latest release adds support for Linux and Mac OS X, allowing developers to use the environment they want for development and hosting.