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Polymer 0.8 Comes with Performance Improvements and Breaking Changes

by Abel Avram on  Apr 07, 2015

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.

SemVer Confuses. NPM Tries to Help

by David Iffland on  Apr 03, 2015

NPM has released the SemVer calculator, a tool to help developers determine if a SemVer selector string matches the correct versions.

TypeScript 1.5: Modules, Decorators, Sublime Text Plug-in and More

by Abel Avram on  Apr 03, 2015 2

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.

WebStorm 10 Compiles TypeScript 1.4 to JavaScript on the Fly

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2015

JetBrains WebStorm 10 compiles TypeScript 1.4 code to JavaScript while editing. It has added support for unions, modules, decorators, plus let and const keywords. It comes with an application dependency diagram, source maps and a CPU plus memory profiler for V8.

Dart Adds Support for Asynchronous Programming

by James Chesters on  Mar 30, 2015

Google has released Dart 1.9, bringing fresh support for asynchronous programming. Kevin Moore, product manager for Google, said the release of version 1.9 introduces async methods and await expressions built on top of its existing Future API.

Informal HTML6 Proposal for "Single-page Apps Without JavaScript" Attracts Controversy

by James Chesters on  Mar 25, 2015 2

Bobby Mozumder, editor in chief of Future Claw magazine, has sparked debate by putting forward his "HTML6 proposal for single-page apps without JavaScript."

Lodash, the JavaScript Library You're Already Using

by David Iffland on  Mar 24, 2015

lodash, the JavaScript utility library has become the most dependend on package in npm. Originally a fork of Underscore.js, lodash has shaken off its underdog status and become the go-to utility library.

React Introduces Support for ES6 Classes

by James Chesters on  Mar 16, 2015

Facebook has released React v0.13, bringing with it support for ES6 classes, as well as new top-level APIs and breaking changes for JSX.

Google Proposes StrongMode and SoundScript, Boosting V8 Performance

by David Iffland on  Mar 11, 2015

Google's Chrome team has proposed two extensions to JavaScript in a move to boost the performance of their V8 JavaScript Engine. StrongMode will limit the JavaScript language to only allow parts with guaranteed performance. SoundScript will add user-facing types to JavaScript, not at compile-time, but at run-time in the browser.

Firefox Developer Edition Brings 64-bit Windows Builds

by James Chesters on  Mar 10, 2015

64-bit builds for Firefox Developer Edition are now available for the first time on Windows. Plans for the builds were announced back in November 2014, when Mozilla first released details of their developer edition browser. Firefox Developer Edition 38 also brings fresh support for Ruby, with CSS Ruby enabled by default, and support of HTML5 ruby tags.

Creating Mobile Native Apps in JavaScript with NativeScript

by Abel Avram on  Mar 06, 2015 1

Telerik has opened for public access NativeScript, a framework for creating native cross-platform applications for Android, iOS and Windows Universal.

Angular 2.0 Concerns Addressed at ng-conf 2015

by David Iffland on  Mar 05, 2015 3

Addressing a crowd of developers eager to know what will happen with Angular 2.0, core team members took the stage at ng-conf to allay some fears. From migration paths, language development, and release dates, much was covered to allay the community's fears.

Flipboard Pushing Boundaries With Its Web Version Release

by João Paulo Marques on  Mar 04, 2015

Recently, Flipboard has released the web version of its social-network aggregation magazine-format reader. This release aims to bring to the browser the same reading experience users have on Flipboard native applications. To accomplish it, the team responsible for the development had to push boundaries in web technologies to match its native apps counterparts.

Microsoft Shares Details on Spartan Rendering Engine

by David Iffland on  Mar 03, 2015

Microsoft has provided new information on the reasoning behind the switch to a brand new rendering engine for Project Spartan, the web browser shipping with Windows 10. The new engine is a fork of Trident and eliminates swathes of code that have been in place for 20 years.

Node.js Fork JXcore Goes Open Source

by James Chesters on  Mar 02, 2015

Node.js fork JXcore has gone entirely open source this week. Oguz Bastemar, CTO for the company behind JXcore, announced the news saying "We want JXcore to be a community driven open-source and open-governance project." JXcore's latest release also features a multiple JavaScript engine design, including a wrapper for both SpiderMonkey and V8 engines.

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