At the last Google I/O Google has introduced a new Gmail API aiming at "giving developers flexible, RESTful access to the user's inbox, with a natural interface to Threads, Messages, Labels, Drafts, and History", and bringing developers multiple benefits over IMAP, says Google.
Node Security Project has been quietly working at improving Node.js security for a few months now. The project has the goal of auditing Node.js existing module base to help "improve Node landscape and provide confidence to developers and enterprises about the state of security in Node.js land."
Synth, an API-first web framework built on Node.js, was announced recently. Features include preload angular model data on page load, preload HTML view on page load, and a simplified project structure. Despite some positive reactions, it has also been greeted with confusion from the wider developer community.
Nick O'Leary presented Node-RED, an open-source project focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), at the last QCon London. The project, created by IBM's Emerging Technology team, provides a browser-based environment for visually "wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways".
GitHub has open sourced their Atom IDE including the Atom Shell framework, Atom Core, and the Atom Package Manager (apm).
Visual Studio isn't just the web, .NET, and C++. It also provides a full featured editor for Node.js and Python. InfoQ speaks with Microsoft Project Manager Shahrokh Mortazavi to talk about these tools and what they offer developers.
The Edge.js project allows developers to combine C# with Node.js, within a single process. The latest release adds support for Linux and Mac OS X, allowing developers to use the environment they want for development and hosting.
Express.JS, the Node.js web application framework, recently released version 4.0, with router improvements and removed bundled middleware,; but the team say they currently have "no major plans” for future releases.
Trevor Livingston, a software engineer working for PayPal, has outlined in a recent post a number of suggestions to improve the outbound SSL performance of Node.js.
The Google Dart team has announced Dart SDK 1.3 which improves the performance of asynchronous server-side code to the point that Dart VM is on par with Node.js, the later using another Google technology, the V8 engine.
Microsoft has just released a beta of Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, also known as NTVS. Notable for this release is support for the free version of Visual Studio, known formally as Visual Studio Express for Web, and TypeScript.
The latest jQuery can be obtained from npm and Bower, has some performance improvements and bug fixes.