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Polymer 1.0 Has a Catalog of Elements for Google Services

by Abel Avram on  May 30, 2015

Announced at I/O 2013, and after being incubated for a couple of years and going through a major overhaul, Google has finally released Polymer 1.0 as production ready. It includes elements for working with Google services, material design, animations, and others.

Windows 10 uses Chakra to Provide JavaScript For All Applications

by Jeff Martin on  May 29, 2015

Microsoft has expanded the role of its Chakra JavaScript engine in Windows 10-- giving developers to use it for scripting support in their own applications. Formerly focused on a server-side role, these new APIs are suitable for a variety of applications to use JavaScript.

Tabris.js: Native Mobile Apps in JavaScript Without Web Views

by Sergio De Simone on  May 26, 2015 2

Tabris.js is an open source mobile framework aimed to build native iOS and Android apps entirely in JavaScript. Among the main benefits of Tabris.js are performance, a fast development cycle, and support for thrid-party plugins including Cordova’s, according to EclipseSource. InfoQ has spoken with EclipseSource’s Holger Staudacher.

Underscore and Lodash Discuss Merging

by David Iffland on  May 26, 2015 1

The Underscore and Lodash JavaScript libraries have started discussions on how to merge the projects into a single project.

Microsoft: Edge Performs Better than Chrome and Firefox

by Abel Avram on  May 21, 2015

This article outlines some of the performance optimizations done for the Chakra engine and the Octane and Jet Stream benchmark results for Edge, Chrome and Firefox.

Node.js and io.js Merge Under the Node Foundation

by Abel Avram on  May 16, 2015

The io.js TC has voted to join the upcoming Node Foundation. The project will be named Node.js but it will be based on io.js’ repository.

Ionic Releases 1.0, Next Version to Support AngularJS 2.0

by Abel Avram on  May 15, 2015

Ionic has released the production ready version 1.0, and has started work on the next version that will be built on AngularJS 2.0. Also, soon a number of mobile services –Push, Deploy, Analytics, Package - will be made public.

io.js Team Releases 2.0, Debates Joining Node Foundation

by James Chesters on  May 12, 2015

The io.js team has released version 2.0 bringing with it the upgraded V8 JavaScript engine. The upgrade moves classes out of staging, with the class keyword usable in strict mode without flags, as well moving object literal enhancements out of staging, making shorthand method and property syntax usable, and implementing rest parameters in staging behind the --harmony-rest-parameters flag.

A Developer’s View on Microsoft Edge

by Abel Avram on  May 08, 2015 6

Microsoft Edge started as a IE fork but later departed considerably from it in an attempt to break with the past and legacy Internet technologies, removing 200K LoC but adding other 300K. Microsoft says they want “better interoperability with other modern browsers, improved performance, security & reliability, and reduced code complexity.”

Vorlon.js Released, Aims to Help Developers Remotely Test and Debug JavaScript Code

by James Chesters on  May 07, 2015

Microsoft has released Vorlon.js, a remote debugging tool for JavaScript. Announcing the tool in a MSDN blog post, creator David Catuhe described Vorlon.js as "a small web server you can run from your local machine, or install on a server for your team to access, that serves the Vorlon.js dashboard and communicates with the remote devices."

Platypi JavaScript Platform Launches

by David Iffland on  May 07, 2015

The Platypi JavaScript Platform recently launched and offers developers a suite of tools including a MVC framework built in TypeScript as well as a UI library and a command line tool. The platform uses Apache Cordova for cross device compatibility.

Ember Community Votes Overwhelmingly to Drop IE8

by James Chesters on  Apr 28, 2015

Ember.js users have voted overwhelmingly in favour of dropping support for Internet Explorer 8. Ember co-creator Tom Dale said "the vast majority of Ember users" were "comfortable" with giving up IE8 support in Ember 2.0. Dale went on to say that while there was also "enormous support for dropping IE9 support as well" the benefits were not "as strong".

Web Frameworks Benchmark 2015

by Abel Avram on  Apr 23, 2015 1

We published in 2014 the results of TechEmpower’s benchmark of various web frameworks, a term including web platforms and micro-frameworks. A year later, they have published a new set of results outlining important changes in the performance of top 10 web frameworks.

Box Releases T3 JavaScript Framework

by David Iffland on  Apr 23, 2015

Online storage company Box open-sourced their T3 JavaScript framework built to accommodate many developers working on large codebases. It creates loosely coupled components and can be used with other JavaScript frameworks.

Google Proposes to Enhance JSON with Jsonnet

by Abel Avram on  Apr 21, 2015 8

Google has open sourced Jsonnet, a configuration language that supersedes JSON and adds new features without breaking backwards compatibility: comments, references, arithmetic and conditional operators, array and object comprehension, imports, functions, local variables, inheritance and others. Jsonnet programs are translated to compliant JSON data formats.

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