Shortly after Google announced their Mobile Backend Starter for Android applications, Microsoft has announced the extension of their Azure mobile services adding support for Custom APIs, Git, NPM, Android Push Notifications, and a free SQL DB.
Strongloop, the company that employs a few of Node.js' core contributors, has announced Strongloop Node 1.0 GA, the first version of its commercially supported distribution of Node.js intended for enterprise use. The distribution is based on Node.js v0.10.7 and includes some popular npm modules, including Express, Connect, Passport and others.
A new open-source contribution from Microsoft uses the Windows Azure Service Bus to provide scale out support for real-time Node.js applications. This module, called socket.io-servicebus, connects multiple servers running the popular Socket.IO module. This contribution is yet another example of Microsoft embracing Node.js and integrating it with Microsoft products and services.
The Meteor Development Group released Meteor 0.6.0 on April 4th as a major overhaul to its package management system as well as growing NPM package support.
Version 0.8.9 of Sails, a real-time MVC framework built atop node.js, was released on April 9th by Austin, TX-based Balderdash in an ongoing effort to bring a Rails-like development platform to modern web apps
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) team recently added support for Node.js to its Elastic Beanstalk service, giving it an industry-leading set of supported platforms. AWS has joined a crowded field of Node.js-friendly clouds and will attempt to differentiate themselves through integration with other top AWS services.
The Edge.js project combines Node.js with the .NET platform. Developers can use C# on Node.js or provide Node.js functionality to C# applications-- allowing them to use the best tool for each task. InfoQ had the opportunity to speak with author Tomasz Janczuk about the project and his future plans.
Cloud Foundry Core is a web application that verifies public instances (Cloud Foundry Endpoints) against a common set of runtimes and services. This helps portability across companies that provide Cloud Foundry instances. At the same time a new version Micro Cloud Foundry is released with support for Java 7.0, JRuby, Play 2.0 framework and more.
The embeddable open source web-based code editor ACE has reached version 1.0, coming with support for editing very large files, syntax highlighting for 45 languages, TextMate themes, Emacs and Vi key bindings, and other features.
Node.js 0.8 is out. It is faster, more stable, has major improvements in the Cluster module, a new Domain module and a new build that depends on GYP.
Microsoft continues to invest in Node.js, this time by introducing a new, open source SQL Server Driver and new Node-specific features in WebMatrix.
Travis CI, a cloud-based continuous integration (CI) offering for open source projects on Github, has announced support for Java builds, as well as Scala and Groovy additions. After gaining traction among the Ruby open source community the project is now looking into the possibility of expansion to a hosted CI service (nicknamed Travis Pro).