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.”
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".
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.
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.
Members of the AngularJS and React.js teams got together last week to discuss what they've been working on and areas where they can collaborate. While there are a lot of similarities between the projects, there is virtually no chance they will ever merge.
Mozilla has released Firefox 37, bringing native playback of HTML5 video for Windows, and many security changes.
Matt DeBergalis has released version 1.1 of Meteor, announcing support for both Windows and MongoDB 3.0. The 1.1 release "adds first-class official support" for developing applications software on Microsoft Windows, DeBergalis said, adding that it is the start of "a commitment to developers on the Microsoft platform."
MS Open Tech has announced a Cordova plugin which allows developers to use Active Directory Authentication in their apps for Android, iOS, Windows Store, and Windows Phone platforms to access the APIs that it protects, such as Office 365, Azure, Graph API, etc.
The Polymer team has made available Polymer 0.8 alpha with a “proposed API for 1.0” but it is “not compatible with the 0.5 API” having many breaking changes. The library has been optimized for size and performance and it is not yet feature complete.
NPM has released the SemVer calculator, a tool to help developers determine if a SemVer selector string matches the correct versions.
Microsoft has released TypeScript 1.5 alpha incorporating a number of new features, including: modules, decorators, a plug-in for Sublime Text, for…of loops, ES6 Unicode, computed properties and let/const compilation to ES5.