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.
Node Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS) has reached its 1.0 release. This extension is supported by all paid versions of Visual Studio 2012/2013 as well as VS Community and VS Express for Web.
Microsoft has announced that they are restructuring the way they sell Visual Studio. Starting with VS 2015, there will only be three main SKUs or editions: Community, Professional w/MSDN, and Enterprise w/MSDN. The most expensive edition will cost you 5,999 for the first year, less than half the cost of VS 2013 Ultimate Edition.
Heavy hitters IBM, Paypal, Microsoft and The Linux Foundation have joined with Node.js stewards Joyent to set up the Node.js Foundation. The announcement follows the first significant Node.js release since 2013, and the 1.0 release of io.js, the Node.js fork.
Node.js has released version 0.12, its first significant release since 2013's 0.10. The much-anticipated version 0.12, once described as "imminent" in January 2014, comes with a raft of Module and JS API changes, an updated version of V8, and many debugging enhancements. Significantly, it also comes with initial support for ECMAScript Internationalization API 1.0 (ECMA-402).
CoffeeScript 1.9 has finally introduced support for long awaited generators, which promise to prevent callback hell and help writing async code.
The io.js team has released version 1.0 -- but the versioning does not suggest the platform is "production ready." Despite overtaking Node, io.js clarifies the release in its own FAQ: "The choice to release as 1.0.x was not to signify that io.js should be considered production-ready, but because it was a significant enough release from Node.js to warrant a major version increment," it says.
Mitch Garnaat has created a command line tool named Kappa that facilitates the deployment of ‘Lambda functions’ to AWS Lambda, a compute service that runs code in response to events and automatically manages the associated compute resources.
Io.js officially launched this week. A GitHub fork of joyent/node where contributions, releases, and contributorship are under an open governance model, plans its first release for January 2015. With some core members of the Node.js community dissatisfied with Joyent's Advisory board, and by Node's lack of releases, core team member Fedor Indutny set up io.js.
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.
Node.js standard package manager, npm, has reached version 2.0. Among npm's new features, scoped packages promise to make it easier to manage private Node.js modules, just as if they were part of the public repository. The new version also marks the introduction of a new release process and offers improved reliability.
Meteor 0.9.2 has been released. It supports building native iOS and Android apps via a new PhoneGap/Cordova integration, along with support for hot code push.