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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).

Edge.js Adds Support for Linux and Mac OS X So C# and Node.js Can Run Anywhere

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 30, 2014 1

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.

Famo.us JavaScript Library Goes Open Source to Public, Brings Free Lessons to Community

by James Chesters on  Apr 29, 2014 1

Almost 3 years after its initial launch, the JavaScript development framework Famo.us has been taken open source to the public. Providing an open source 3D layout engine integrated with a 3D physics-based animation engine that can render to DOM, Canvas, or WebGL, Famo.us wants to help HTML5 reach its original vision.

Express 4.0: Router improvements, Removes Bundled Middleware; But No Major Plans for Future

by James Chesters on  Apr 22, 2014

Express.JS, the Node.js web application framework, recently released version 4.0, with router improvements and removed bundled middleware,; but the team say they currently have "no major plans” for future releases.

Mozilla and Unity Team Up to Rule Web Gameplay

by João Paulo Marques on  Apr 18, 2014

Mozilla and Unity recently announced they have joined forces to bring Unity's popular game engine to the web using WebGL standard and Mozilla’s asm.js.

jQuery Stops IE 6 and IE 7 Support in v1.13

by Dennis Wilson on  Apr 17, 2014

jQuery will drop support for Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 "somewhere in 2015", jQuery Foundation president Dave Methvin stated on the official jQuery blog last week. This change will go hand in hand with the release of jQuery 1.13. The release 1.12 will be the last one with official support for the named versions of Microsoft's default browser for Windows.

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)

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