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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.

CoffeeScript 1.7 Released: Adds Chaining Without Parenthesis, Multiline Strings and More

by Burke Holland on  Feb 08, 2014

Jeremy Ashkenas has released version 1.7 of CoffeeScript, and with it introduced some highly anticipated changes to the popular JavaScript transpiler. Version 1.7 includes one of the most popular requests for the language; support for chaining without parenthesis.

Resources to Start Developing for Firefox OS

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 06, 2014

Firefox OS pursues “the goal of building a complete, standalone operating system for the open web” and lets users install and run applications created using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It is based on Linux and Mozilla's Gecko and is a completely open stack that is 100 per cent free from proprietary technology. It allows developers to contribute to its code base or develop mobile apps.

LightTable IDE Goes Open Source, Adds Plugin Support

by Tom Coupland on  Feb 03, 2014

Chris Granger has open sourced the LightTable IDE with the 0.6 release. Third party plugin support was the highlight feature of the release. InfoQ talked to LightTable creator Chris Granger.

BDD and JavaScript Using CucumberJS

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 31, 2014

Adding CucumberJS to the TDD workflow for JavaScript-based projects embraces the ideas of Behaviour Driven Development, BDD, and allows a developer to follow the TDD principles while developing from the outside in; running automated tests that fail until code that supports a feature is implemented, Todd Anderson reveals in a recent blog post.

L20n: JavaScript Localization Framework From Mozilla

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jan 31, 2014 1

L20n is an open source, JavaScript localization framework from Mozilla. It is designed to be very expressive along with several features such as adapting to Screen sizes, good separation of concerns, graceful handling of pluralization, support for default when there are multiple variants, and more.

Gulp Aiming to Dethrone Grunt

by João Paulo Marques on  Jan 31, 2014

Fractal, a company who has been actively involved in the development of several popular Node.js modules has just released gulp, a new building system which is trying to replace Grunt as the most popular JavaScript task-runner.

jQuery 1.11 & 2.1 Now on npm and Bower

by Abel Avram on  Jan 24, 2014

The latest jQuery can be obtained from npm and Bower, has some performance improvements and bug fixes.

A Change in Leadership for Node.js

by Brian Rinaldi on  Jan 23, 2014

Isaac Schlueter recently announced his departure from the Node.js open source project, handing the reigns of leadership over to TJ Fontaine. Isaac also announced plans for a startup focused on npm. TJ shares some of his plans for Node over the upcoming year.

SOLID Design Principles for JavaScript

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 22, 2014

The SOLID principles is one example from object oriented programming that can help you write good stable JavaScript code, Derick Bailey, an author and developer focusing on JavaScript, states in a recent presentation.

Koa Web Framework 0.2.0 Release

by Burke Holland on  Jan 20, 2014

The NodeJS based Koa web application framework has released version 0.2.0. Koa is the successor of the popular Express MVC platform, but relies heavily on newer ES6 constructs. This release is marked as an important one in that that it reaffirms the team’s design choices from the initial 0.1.0 release, solidifying Koa's API for future releases and production use.

Math.js: Versatile Math Library For JavaScript

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jan 20, 2014

Math.js is an open source Math library for JavaScript and Node.js for working with numbers, big numbers, complex numbers, units and matrices. It also features a flexible expression parser. InfoQ got in touch with the project founder, Jos De Jong, to know more.

Om: Enhancing Facebook's React with Immutability

by Tom Coupland on  Jan 17, 2014

Om is a new a ClojureScript interface for Facebook’s React HTML UI library. Om uses Clojure(Script)'s persistent data structures and requestAnimationFrame to further improve React's rendering. InfoQ talked to Om's creator, David Nolen, about Om and the benefits of functional concepts for application programming.

Dart 1.1 Pushes Performance Even Further

by Abel Avram on  Jan 17, 2014

The recently released Dart 1.1 comes with better performance for the dart2js compiler and improves support for the server-side development. The language itself is pretty much on hold.

DevDocs, a One Stop Shop for Reference Documentation

by João Miranda on  Dec 30, 2013 1

DevDocs combines multiple reference documentation sets, commonly used by software developers, in a single web site. DevDocs takes advantage of this centralization to offer crosscutting features such as a searchable interface, keyboard shortcuts, common layouts or a common table of contents. DevDocs currently includes documentation for HTML, HTTP, Javascript and Ruby, among others.

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