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Netflix Burned by Express.js

by João Paulo Marques on  Dec 04, 2014 8

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.

Chrome 39 Brings Beacon API and ES6 Generators

by James Chesters on  Nov 25, 2014

Google's Chrome team has released the stable version of Chrome 39: with updates including the Web Application Manifest specification, Beacon API, and support for ES6 generators.

Origami: Component-Based Web Applications

by João Miranda on  Nov 24, 2014

Andrew Betts, director at FT Labs, presented to Velocity Europe 2014 attendants a set of home-grown standards and tools for web development. They aim to cope with the development challenges of creating and maintaining more than eight hundred *.ft.com sites. FT Labs main strategy is to breakdown web pages into components built within a well-defined set of rules.

Facebook Flow Provides More Static Typing for JavaScript

by Abel Avram on  Nov 19, 2014

Announced during @Scale 2014, Facebook has open sourced Flow, a static type checker for JavaScript. Flow joins Microsoft TypeScript and Google AtScript to provide web developers with a tool meant to catch some bugs in the code before they manifest at runtime.

TypeScript 1.3 and the March Toward ECMAScript 6

by David Iffland on  Nov 19, 2014

Microsoft recently released TypeScript 1.3 and gave a preview of what's to come in version 1.4. TypeScript is one of a few industry efforts to add type checking to JavaScript and Microsoft aims to make TypeScript a full superset of ECMAScript 6.

Lovefield: An SQL-like Query Engine by Google

by Abel Avram on  Nov 18, 2014

Lovefield is a JavaScript library providing an SQL-like query engine to web developers who want the benefits of a relational database.

Adobe Declares Brackets is Ready with 1.0 Release

by James Chesters on  Nov 11, 2014

Adobe has released Brackets 1.0, its open source code editor for web designers and front-end developers. Web developer evangelist Ryan Stewart says in the past three years the team has been very busy adding features to help make Brackets a world class text-editor. Declaring this release as 1.0 is our way of telling the world that Brackets is ready.

IntelliJ IDEA 14 Arrives

by Matt Raible on  Nov 06, 2014 1

JetBrains released IntelliJ IDEA 14 a month ahead of schedule. This release introduces a wealth of innovative features, including a new decompiler, debugger improvements, editor enhancements, support for Android Wear/TV, and support for many JavaScript frameworks.

Meteor Strikes 1.0

by James Chesters on  Nov 06, 2014

Matt DeBergalis has announced the Meteor 1.0 release, with new features for mobile app development and packaging improvements. Among some of the highlights in the landmark release is improved Mobile App Support. Where support for building mobile apps in Meteor was announced in September's 0.9.2 release, 1.0 brings with it significant changes relating to Cordova.

Bootstrap 4 Will Drop IE8 Support

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Nov 06, 2014

Bootstrap 3.3.0 was announced last week, along with a set of upcoming changes in Boostrap 4 alpha. One of the biggest changes coming soon is removal of support for IE8.

Immutable.js Offers JavaScript a Taste of Functional Programming

by David Iffland on  Nov 05, 2014

Immutable.js provides JavaScript with a set of persistent data structures allowing for a functional programming style while using natural syntax familiar to traditional JavaScript developers.

Ember Gets Rendering Improvements, More Slated

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Nov 05, 2014

Ember 1.8 has been announced. One of the biggest changes is use of metal-views, which improves rendering performance as well as paves the way for more rendering improvements, grouped as "HTMLBars" in the future.

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