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The Performance of Dart 1.3 Is on Par with Node.js

by Abel Avram on  Apr 10, 2014 8

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.

Google Wants to Speed Up the Internet with QUIC

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2014

QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections, pronounced 'quick') is a multiplexing transport protocol running over UDP with the main goal to have 0-RTT connectivity overhead.

JSON-LD Reaches W3C Recommendation Status

by Steve Klabnik on  Feb 04, 2014 3

The W3C RDF Working Group has moved the JSON-LD and JSON-LD 1.0 Processing Algorithms and API standards forward to recommended status. JSON-LD is a standard to add "linked data" semantics to JSON.

What to Expect From HTTP/2

by Mark Little on  Feb 02, 2014

In a recent blog posting Mark Nottingham, chair of the HTTP/2 Working Group, gives his opinion on 9 things to expect in the next version of the Web standard which is rapidly nearing completion and implementations are starting to appear.

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.

Strengthening HTTP

by Mark Little on  Jan 05, 2014

The recent Snowden revelations have impacted the IETF HTTP/2 Working Group and how the protocol should handle encryption, i.e., should it be mandated? Mark Nottingham, the Working Group chair, shares his thoughts on the discussions so far and gives a clue as to how he sees it being resolved given information so far. He concludes by asking anyone with an opinion to share it with the Working Group.

Are REST Alternatives Needed?

by Mark Little on  Dec 29, 2013 1

Ole Lensmar, creator of SoapUI, has asked whether REST is really appropriate for architectures that require real-time, asynchronous interactions and binary protocols. In his article he discusses these areas and believes that alternative approaches are required.

Twitter Open Sources CocoaSPDY

by Abel Avram on  Dec 20, 2013

Twitter has developed and open sourced CocoaSPDY, a framework for OS X (Cocoa) and iOS (Cocoa Touch) based on the implementation they previously contributed to Netty, updating in the same time their iOS application to use SPDY instead of plain HTTP. Twitter has noticed up to 30% decrease in communication latency, the improvement being more noticeable when an “user’s network conditions get worse.“

Amazon Elastic Transcoder Adds Audio Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 21, 2013

Amazon has recently added audio support for elastic transcoder that provides an ability to convert media files from one format to another without any depending upon about servers, storage and scalability.

What Are The Drawbacks Of REST?

by Mark Little on  May 26, 2013 8

A recent posting on a REST Architects list has prompted Ganesh Prasad to outline some problems that he sees with REST (over HTTP) in terms of more dynamic peer-to-peer environments and how they could be addressed. He suggests some lessons could be learned from Web Services and mentions an Internet Draft specification which he has been working on.

What’s Up with CU-RTC-Web?

by Abel Avram on  Feb 04, 2013

Microsoft CU-RTC-Web is an alternative approach to WebRTC meant to show some of WebRTC’s weaknesses and to push it forward.

Ambient Light and Proximity Enter the DOM

by Faraz Yashar on  Jan 14, 2013 2

The W3C has introduced a series of APIs that allow developers to interact with a device and a variety of peripherals. Two of these specifications, "Proximity Events" and "Ambient Light Events" have entered their Last Call stages as drafts and in the coming months will enter the Candidate Recommendation stage wherein implementations will begin to appear.

HTML5 and Canvas 2D Are Feature Complete

by Abel Avram on  Dec 28, 2012

HTML5 and Canvas 2D have reached Candidate Recommendation status, High Resolution Time and Navigation Timing are Recommendation, while HTML 5.1 and Canvas 2D Context Level 2 are Working Drafts.

HTTP 2.0 First Draft Published

by Dio Synodinos on  Nov 30, 2012

The editors of the HTTP specification have published an initial draft of v2 which is a straight copy of SPDY and will be used as a base for diffs going forward. Many changes are expected to be done like adding new features, removing existing ones, changing the bytes on the wire, etc. A draft ready for test implementations is expected to be published early next year.

Updated Web Essentials for Visual Studio 2012 Adds TypeScript Support

by Jenni Konrad on  Oct 18, 2012

Web Essentials, the extension introduced to add better CSS support to Visual Studio, has recently been updated with new tools for Visual Studio 2012, including support for TypeScript. It also includes automatic downloads of new schema files, so that HTML5 and CSS validation will always be up to date.

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