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Mozilla Blocks Flash, Encourages HTML5 Adoption

by James Chesters on  Jul 20, 2015

Mozilla is encouraging developers towards HTML5 and JavaScript and away from Flash, after it blocked the plugin in browsers amid security concerns. Following Adobe's advice that two critical vulnerabilities would potentially allow attackers to take control of affected systems, Mark Schmidt, Firefox's head of support, announced the move on Twitter.

Firefox Moves to Eliminate XUL, Discusses How to Rebuild

by David Iffland on  Jul 09, 2015

Discussions have begun on how to eliminate XUL and XBL from Firefox. There's a long way to go before anything concrete happens, but the move will go a long way to modernize a browser built with outdated technology.

Anticipated Firefox 39 Released After Stability Issues Cause Delays

by James Chesters on  Jul 08, 2015

Mozilla has released Firefox 39, after initial stability issues caused by a third party application. The much-anticipated release brings with it support for CSS Scroll Snap Points, new sharing features, and improved dev tools -- as well as several critical bug fixes.

WebAssembly: A Universal Binary and Text Format for the Web

by Abel Avram on  Jun 18, 2015 4

Mozilla, Google, Microsoft and Apple have decided to develop a binary format for the web. Called WebAssembly, this format could be a compilation target for any programming language, enabling applications to run in the browser or other agents.

Exploring ES6: Book Introduction and Author Interview

by Abel Avram on  Jun 17, 2015

Exploring ES6 by Axel Rauschmayer is an in-depth look at JavaScript’s latest features. This article includes a short interview with the author.

ECMAScript 2015 Has Been Approved

by Abel Avram on  Jun 17, 2015 2

The General Assembly of Ecma International has announced the approval of ECMA-262 6th edition, which is the Language Specification of ECMAScript 6 (ES6), also known as ECMAScript 2015.

Google Moves Dart to GitHub and Kills the Chrome Dev Editor

by Abel Avram on  Jun 04, 2015 9

Google designed Dart as a better language for the web, for developers who wanted a more solid language and tools than what existed in the JavaScript ecosystem. Also, they aimed for better performance. While Dart is certainly more robust and better designed than JavaScript and it outperforms JavaScript on several benchmarks, the language has seen several setbacks.

Chrome 44 Beta Brings ES6 Features, Improved Notifications

by James Chesters on  Jun 03, 2015

Google has released Chrome 44 beta: with updates including new ES6 features and improved notification capabilities. The latest beta release for the OS brings computed property names, allowing expression for property names in object literals and class literals.

Google Introduces Smart Lock for Passwords

by Abel Avram on  Jun 02, 2015

Google has announced at I/O 2015 the Google Identity Platform, a collection of tools and APIs for managing identities and dealing with authentication and authorization across Android, iOS and web applications.

GCM 3.0 Sends Messages to Android, iOS and Chrome

by Abel Avram on  Jun 01, 2015

With GCM 3.0, Google has attempted to simplify the registration process and to make their cloud notification system work similarly on Android, iOS and Chrome. There is a new topic group and a messaging diagnostic tool.

Mozilla Releases Major Update to CSS Animation Inspector in Firefox Developer Edition

by James Chesters on  May 26, 2015

Mozilla has released Firefox Developer Edition 40, with major updates to CSS Animation Inspector. Dave Camp, director of engineering for Firefox, told InfoQ these changes allow developers to see all CSS animations applied to the selected node and any child nodes, with it being common for several Web animations to be combined to get a single effect.

Microsoft: Edge Performs Better than Chrome and Firefox

by Abel Avram on  May 21, 2015

This article outlines some of the performance optimizations done for the Chakra engine and the Octane and Jet Stream benchmark results for Edge, Chrome and Firefox.

Firefox 38 Released, Adds Support for DRM

by David Iffland on  May 13, 2015

Version 38 of Mozilla Firefox has been released, adding new HTML5 features and support for DRM-protected content on Windows.

A Developer’s View on Microsoft Edge

by Abel Avram on  May 08, 2015 6

Microsoft Edge started as a IE fork but later departed considerably from it in an attempt to break with the past and legacy Internet technologies, removing 200K LoC but adding other 300K. Microsoft says they want “better interoperability with other modern browsers, improved performance, security & reliability, and reduced code complexity.”

New F12 Developer Tools for the New Microsoft Edge

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft's new web browser, Edge, comes with new F12 developer tools built in TypeScript.

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