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Backbone 1.1.0 Released, Includes Potential Incompatibility with 1.0

by Brian Rinaldi on  Oct 21, 2013

A new update to Backbone.js, one of the most widely used front-end architectural frameworks in the JavaScript community, was released the past week. Although it is not a significant version number update, reports from some users indicate that some of changes may cause incompatibility in applications designed to work with version 1.0.

Ajax Control Toolkit Adds jQuery Support, Updated Twitter API Control and Improved Documentation

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 10, 2013

Ajax Control Toolkit has been updated to support jQuery and includes a new Twitter control which takes advantage of new Twitter API. It also includes an improved documentation which describes the usage of ToolkitScriptManager.

BrowserSwarm to Automate JavaScript Testing Across Browsers

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 01, 2013

Testing client side JavaScript code can be tedious and repetitive-so tools that can automate this process are important. BrowserSwarm is a new project designed to simplify this testing process and provide the ability to rapidly test acorss all major browsers.

Oracle Unveils Project Avatar at JavaOne

by Dan Woods on  Sep 27, 2013

Oracle announced the open source release of Project Avatar during the JavaOne conference this past week. Avatar is a web application framework that is focused on building "modern HTML5 applications", while assuming "minor JavaScript knowledge" from application developers.

Webix JavaScript UI Library Helps to Build Cross Platform HTML5 and CSS3 Applications

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Sep 26, 2013 1

XB Software Ltd has recently released its JavaScript UI library codenamed Webix which includes over 40 components that enables you to build not only Android and iOS apps but also traditional windows and web based applications.

WebStorm 7.0 Adds Support for Even More Web Technologies

by Abel Avram on  Sep 26, 2013

JetBrains has just released WebStorm 7.0 GA with support for EJS, Mustache, Handlebars, Web Components, Stylus, Karma, Istanbul, Compass, and comes with various enhancements.

Ceylon Is Feature Complete

by Abel Avram on  Sep 26, 2013 4

Gavin King, leader of the Ceylon project, has announced the availability of M6 release, which has also been tagged as Ceylon 1.0 Beta, the language been considered feature complete. This release includes complete language specification, a command-line toolset – compilers for JVM and JavaScript VMs, documentation compiler –, an SDK, and an Eclipse-based IDE.

Node.js Goes Mobile: StrongLoop Launches Open Source mBaaS

by Zef Hemel on  Sep 18, 2013 1

StrongLoop, the company which previously launched an Enterprise-Ready Node.js distribution, is today launching a new open-source mobile backend-as-a-service product named LoopBack.

The Big Progressive Enhancement Debate

by Dilip Krishnan on  Sep 11, 2013 1

Recently, Tom Dale, one of the creators of ember.js, wrote an article that re-kindled a brewing debate on the need for progressive enhancement. This is a quick look at the different views on the debate.

Creating Nobackend Applications with Firebase

by Abel Avram on  Sep 11, 2013 1

Firebase is out of beta with pricing plans and SLAs. This article contains details on Firebase and an interview with Andrew Lee, CTO.

Design Patterns for JavaScript Applications

by Jan Stenberg on  Sep 10, 2013

Writing increasingly larger and more complex JavaScript applications we tend to overlook the core principles involved, Carl Danley, a senior web engineer, motivates a series of blog posts about JavaScript design patterns. Patterns provide a clear approach to writing structured and maintainable code, concepts which are important when developing large JavaScript applications.

3D Modeling Made Easy with JSModeler

by Zef Hemel on  Sep 06, 2013

Viktor Kovacs has developed JS Modeler, an easy to use JavaScript API to visualize 3D models rendered using WebGL. The tool was built on top of the popular three.js framework. The library includes various demos built using the library, including a Lego builder, 3D Tic-Tac-Toe and a Robotic Arm.

Reactive Programming as an Emerging Trend

by Dio Synodinos on  Aug 28, 2013 2

Reactive programming (RP) is based on data flows and the propagation of change, with the underlying execution model of a programming language automatically propagating changes through the data flow. With the popularity of event-driven, scalable, and interactive architectures both on the server and the client, the concept of  “reactiveness” is increasingly gaining attention.

Mozilla Brick: A Polyfill Library for Web Components

by Dio Synodinos on  Aug 28, 2013

Web Components is a W3C specification that aims to enable Web developers to define widgets with a high level of visual richness and interactivity, together with ease of composition. Until proper browser support is here, developers can be using the Brick library that provides new custom HTML tags to abstract away common user interface patterns.

Sencha: Performance of Mobile Web Applications will Further Improve

by Ralph Winzinger on  Aug 23, 2013

Sencha, maker of the Sencha Touch Framework for HTML5 and JavaScript based mobile applications, commented on some so-called myths concerning performance of web-based applications on mobile platforms. To invalidate these statements, Sencha offers a variety of benchmark results collected of the past years.

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