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Microsoft Open Sources TouchDevelop Containing 160K LoC

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2015 1

Microsoft has open source their research project TouchDevelop, which contains about 160K lines of code mostly written in TypeScript.

Twitter Unveils Digits Login for Web

by João Paulo Marques on  Feb 11, 2015 1

Twitter has officially released Digits Login for Web, the latest interaction of Digits that extends the SMS-based login system to mobile app's sites powered by Digits.

YouTube Switches to HTML5 Video Player

by David Iffland on  Jan 29, 2015 1

After many years of working on HTML5 support, YouTube has decided to use their HTML5 video player as the default for modern browsers, using the old Flash-based player only for legacy browsers. Using MPEG-DASH and W3C Media Source Extensions, YouTube can use Adaptive Bitrate streaming to reduce buffering and improve initial playback speed.

The Current Status of Browser-based Virtual Reality in HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2015

The SFHTML5 group recently had a meeting discussing HTML5 technologies for creating virtual reality experiences – WebGL, WebVR, Three.js, GLAM –, and the current development status for implementing support for them in Firefox and Chrome. The idea is to bring the entire web into the VR experience.

DevExpress on the Future of WinForms and Silverlight

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 29, 2014

You can tell a lot about the future of a UI toolkit by how the third party control vendors are treating it. Since their revenue is based around correctly predicting what developers are going to be using in the near future, they spend a lot of time and effort researching the topic. In this report, we’ll be looking at DevExpress and their treatment of WinForms and Silverlight.

Supersonic Framework Touts Native Performance for Android and iOS Hybrid Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 12, 2014

AppGyver has announced Supersonic, a new framework to build hybrid mobile apps on Android and iOS that promises to provide "real native performance," says AppGyver, thanks to a novel approach to designing hybrid apps. Supersonic is also integrated with Steroids, an impressive cross-platform IDE for hybrid apps.

ZURB Releases a Framework for Creating Responsive Apps

by Abel Avram on  Dec 09, 2014

ZURB, a web design company and creator of Foundation (for Sites), has announced and open sourced another framework called Foundation for Apps (FA). FA provides HTML5/JavaScript tools for creating responsive web applications for desktop and mobile devices.

Service Workers Promise to Make Web Apps Feel Native

by David Iffland on  Dec 03, 2014

The service worker browser feature holds promise for developers looking to make their web apps feel more like native apps. Running in the background and without user interaction, service workers enable advanced scenarios such as offline functionality, cache, background sync, geofencing, and push notifications.

Firefox 34 Brings SSLv3 Security Fix, New HTML5 Implementations

by James Chesters on  Dec 03, 2014

Mozilla has this week released Firefox 34, with notable features including SSLv3 disabled by default, WebIDE, and the implementation of ECMAScript 6 WeakSet.

Google's Recipe to Code Sharing across Android, iOS, and the Web

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 26, 2014 3

Garrick Toubassi, Google Inbox engineering director, has recently explained how his team could get to "sharing roughly two-thirds of their client code" across three platforms: iOS, Android, and the web. The key is a clear separation of concerns between UI code and UI-independent logic, and a couple of tools that Google developed through the years.

Chrome 39 Brings Beacon API and ES6 Generators

by James Chesters on  Nov 25, 2014

Google's Chrome team has released the stable version of Chrome 39: with updates including the Web Application Manifest specification, Beacon API, and support for ES6 generators.

Origami: Component-Based Web Applications

by João Miranda on  Nov 24, 2014

Andrew Betts, director at FT Labs, presented to Velocity Europe 2014 attendants a set of home-grown standards and tools for web development. They aim to cope with the development challenges of creating and maintaining more than eight hundred * sites. FT Labs main strategy is to breakdown web pages into components built within a well-defined set of rules.

Microsoft, Adobe Release Critical Security Updates

by James Chesters on  Nov 18, 2014

Microsoft has released secruity improvements to Internet Explorer, fixing a vulnerablity that could allow an attacker to take control of a user's system. But according to Robert Freeman, manager of IBM X-Force Research, the issue was reported to Microsoft with a working proof-of-concept back in May 2014 -- and the issue is far older.

Android and iOS Go HTML5 Friendly With Their Latest Releases

by João Paulo Marques on  Nov 17, 2014

The two popular mobile operating systems, Android and iOS, may be about to give a boost to the HTML5 development with their latest releases. While Google is removing WebView from Android's core, making it an updatable component, Apple replaced the traditional UIWebView with WKWebView, which has advantages in the performance, stability and functionality of hybrid applications.

WHATWG Is Standardizing Web Streams

by Abel Avram on  Oct 31, 2014

After gestating for more than a year on GitHub, the project Streams has now been adopted by WHATWG in an effort to standardize a web streaming API. The project is led by Domenic Denicola, the man that started the work on Promises, currently part of the upcoming ECMAScript 6.

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