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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.

Ionic HTML5 Mobile Framework Alpha Preview

by Burke Holland on  Dec 27, 2013 2

Ionic is a new user interface framework for building hybrid mobile applications with HTML5 that bills itself as the "bond between native and HTML5". It provides many of the essential mobile user interface paradigms, such as simple items like lists, tab bars and toggle switches. It also provides more complex visual layout examples such as menus that slide out to reveal content underneath.

Async, LINQ, and the Future of RxJS

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 23, 2013 2

Reactive Extensions for JavaScript 2.2 includes an optional component for working with asynchronous data sources. Known as rx.async.js, this fulfills the need for binding to events, callbacks, and promises. And in the horizon is support for LINQ style query expression parsing.

Behaviour-Driven Development Tool Jasmine 2.0 Released

by Jan Stenberg on  Dec 22, 2013

The recently released version 2.0 of Jasmine, a Behaviour-Driven Development, BDD, testing framework for JavaScript, comes with improved support for Node.js, major work on increasing the internal quality and some backwards compatibility breaking changes.

Reactive Extensions for JavaScript Loses Weight and Older Browsers

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 19, 2013 1

RxJS 2.2 loses weight by only supporting ECMA Script 5 browsers in the default build. It also offers an even lighter weight version that only includes the most commonly used functions.

Famo.us launches first public access to its Javascript platform

by Tim Heckel on  Dec 04, 2013

The team that built the Famo.us Javascript platform plans their first preview release of their app layer code on December 5th, 2013 as a foreshadowing of their platform's client-side prowess.

PayPal Switches from Java to JavaScript

by Abel Avram on  Nov 29, 2013 4

PayPal has decided to use JavaScript from browser all the way to the back-end server for web applications, giving up legacy code written in JSP/Java.

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