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Rebecca Parsons on the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 28, 2014 3

In January ThoughtWorks released the latest version of their Technology Radar in which they track what's interesting in the software development ecosystem. The big themes this year are (1) early warning systems and recovery in production, (2) the tension between privacy and big data, (3) the javascript ecosystem and (4) blurring of the line between the physical and virtual worlds.

Testing End-to-End with Nightwatch

by João Paulo Marques on  Feb 17, 2014 2

Nightwatch is a recently released acceptance framework based on Node.js that uses Selenium WebDriver API to automate web applications testing. The tool promises a simple syntax which enables the writing of end-to-end tests using JavaScript and CSS selector that runs against a Selenium server.

Gulp Aiming to Dethrone Grunt

by João Paulo Marques on  Jan 31, 2014

Fractal, a company who has been actively involved in the development of several popular Node.js modules has just released gulp, a new building system which is trying to replace Grunt as the most popular JavaScript task-runner.

jQuery 1.11 & 2.1 Now on npm and Bower

by Abel Avram on  Jan 24, 2014

The latest jQuery can be obtained from npm and Bower, has some performance improvements and bug fixes.

A Change in Leadership for Node.js

by Brian Rinaldi on  Jan 23, 2014

Isaac Schlueter recently announced his departure from the Node.js open source project, handing the reigns of leadership over to TJ Fontaine. Isaac also announced plans for a startup focused on npm. TJ shares some of his plans for Node over the upcoming year.

Koa Web Framework 0.2.0 Release

by Burke Holland on  Jan 20, 2014

The NodeJS based Koa web application framework has released version 0.2.0. Koa is the successor of the popular Express MVC platform, but relies heavily on newer ES6 constructs. This release is marked as an important one in that that it reaffirms the team’s design choices from the initial 0.1.0 release, solidifying Koa's API for future releases and production use.

Microsoft Joins Forces with RedGate and Clickberry to Offer Node.js Tools for Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 03, 2013

NTVS, short for Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, offers Node.js developers a fully featured IDE complete with Intellisense, package management, profiling, and debugging. NTVS is a joint effort by Microsoft’s Python Tools team, RedGate, Clickberry, and others.

PayPal Switches from Java to JavaScript

by Abel Avram on  Nov 29, 2013 4

PayPal has decided to use JavaScript from browser all the way to the back-end server for web applications, giving up legacy code written in JSP/Java.

Phusion Passenger App Server Gains Node.js Support

by Felix Holmgren on  Nov 05, 2013

Phusion Passenger, a popular web app server originally for Ruby, now supports Node.js apps. The feature was introduced in the Enterprise edition of Passenger earlier this year, but has been open sourced as of the recent 4.0.21 release of the free version. Phusion Passenger brings Scaling, Statistics, Supervision and Multitenancy to Node.js. InfoQ talked to Phusion's CTO Hongli Lai.

TypeScript Roundup: New Features, Tools, and a Roadmap

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 05, 2013 2

TypeScript is nearing its first production release and planning has already begun for post 1.0 features. At the top of the list is async/await, which should prove useful for both client-side and Node.js development.

New Relic Adds Node.js Support, Improved Rendering and Alert System

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 26, 2013

New Relic, the app monitoring software has released an update with support for Node.js, improved rendering with histograms and percentiles in addition to an enhanced alert system. The San Francisco based startup also released a sketch of new features of the upcoming Android based mobile app.

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.

NoFlo Aims to Enable Visual Flow-Based JavaScript Programming with Kickstarter Funding

by Zef Hemel on  Aug 16, 2013 1

NoFlo is a 2 year-old project aiming to bring flow-based programming to JavaScript, both in the browser and server (node.js). Until now, flows had to be defined using the textual FPB language. NoFlo's creator, Henri Bergius, is now seeks $100k in Kickstarter funding to be able to build a web-based visual designer to develop these flows visually as well.

Tim Fox: What's new in Vert.x 2.0

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jul 26, 2013

In recent years, new trends like mobile clients and social networks forced web applications to handle more and more concurrent connections. This resulted in new server architectures based on eventing and asynchronicity which you can find for example in Vert.x. Tim Fox told InfoQ what's new in version 2.0 of Vert.x.

Titanium- What’s it All About Appcelerator? Part 1 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Jul 25, 2013

Appcelerator, through its Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS) and Titanium Cloud Services, is a major Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) provider. There are two main approaches to developing a mobile app on Appcelerator. One is the self-titled “Appcelerator Platform.” The other approach is Appcelerator’s version of the JavaScript-based open source multiplatform code optimizer, Titanium.

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