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6to5 JavaScript Transpiler Gains Momentum

by David Iffland on  Jan 14, 2015

The 6to5 JavaScript transpiler has made significant gains in its short 6 month lifespan, besting Google's Traceur transpiler in ECMAScript 6 compatibility. Developers can write ES6 code now and let 6to5 output valid ES5 for use in today's browsers. Recently 6to5 incorporated the team behind competitor esnext into the project.

Major release for L20n, Mozilla's Localisation Framework

by James Chesters on  Jan 13, 2015

Mozilla has released version 1.0 of L20n, an open source, localisation-specific scripting language.

What's Exciting in New JavaScript Libraries

by Philip De Smedt on  Jan 08, 2015

A number of new JavaScript libraries have popped up at GitHub and we decided to take a look at some of the more promising ones.

2014 JavaScript in Review

by David Iffland on  Dec 31, 2014

2014 has been an impressive year for JavaScript and its place on the web. We've covered a lot of stories on InfoQ from MVC frameworks to small, specialized libraries.

jQuery Takes Over the Pointer Events Polyfill from Google

by Abel Avram on  Dec 30, 2014 1

The Chromium team announced back in August that Google is no longer working on implementing Pointer Events in Chrome in order to focus on Touch Events. Now they have given control to the Pointer Events polyfill library to jQuery which is hoping to “drive developer adoption of this unified event system” and eventually see “all browsers implement this standard natively.”

Ember Update Brings Handelbars 2.0, and HTMLBars, a New Templating Library

by James Chesters on  Dec 23, 2014

Ember.js has released version 1.9, bringing with it support for Handlebars 2.0, as well as performance improvements, and the introduction of HTMLBars into the Ember 1.10 beta.

AngularJS 1.4 Announced, More to Come in 2015

by David Iffland on  Dec 18, 2014

Google has announced AngularJS 1.4 and their plans for 2015 on the 1.X branch. New features and bug fixes will come to AngularJS 1.4 and 1.5 while development on 2.0 continues in parallel.

Dart 1.8: An Interview with Seth Ladd of Google

by James Chesters on  Dec 16, 2014 3

Google has released version 1.8 of Dart, bringing with it experimental support for enums. InfoQ sat down with developer advocate Seth Ladd to get more information about the feature, and the latest info on the Dart project.

JavaScript on a Toaster: Embedded JavaScript with Duktape

by David Iffland on  Dec 10, 2014 1

Duktape takes JavaScript beyond the confines of the browser or server with a full ECMAScript 5 compliant engine that can be embedded into any C/C++ project.

Io.js, Node.js Fork, Plans First Release for January 2015

by James Chesters on  Dec 09, 2014

Io.js officially launched this week. A GitHub fork of joyent/node where contributions, releases, and contributorship are under an open governance model, plans its first release for January 2015. With some core members of the Node.js community dissatisfied with Joyent's Advisory board, and by Node's lack of releases, core team member Fedor Indutny set up io.js.

ZURB Releases a Framework for Creating Responsive Apps

by Abel Avram on  Dec 09, 2014

ZURB, a web design company and creator of Foundation (for Sites), has announced and open sourced another framework called Foundation for Apps (FA). FA provides HTML5/JavaScript tools for creating responsive web applications for desktop and mobile devices.

Netflix Burned by Express.js

by João Paulo Marques on  Dec 04, 2014 9

Yunong Xiao, a Software Engineer at Netflix, recently wrote in the company's official tech blog about the latency problems that his team faced while working to move Netflix website UI to Node.js. In the post, he described the complex engineering process used to find out the root cause and how it lead to the decision of substituting the underlying API framework.

Service Workers Promise to Make Web Apps Feel Native

by David Iffland on  Dec 03, 2014

The service worker browser feature holds promise for developers looking to make their web apps feel more like native apps. Running in the background and without user interaction, service workers enable advanced scenarios such as offline functionality, cache, background sync, geofencing, and push notifications.

Firefox 34 Brings SSLv3 Security Fix, New HTML5 Implementations

by James Chesters on  Dec 03, 2014

Mozilla has this week released Firefox 34, with notable features including SSLv3 disabled by default, WebIDE, and the implementation of ECMAScript 6 WeakSet.

JavaScript Powered Macros in Visual Studio 2013

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 26, 2014 2

A new extension gives Visual Studio users an easy way to utilize macros in the IDE. Powered by JavaScript, they offer developers a powerful way to automate common or repetitive tasks.

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