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Eclipse Orion: A Browser-based Editor for Web Applications

by Abel Avram Follow 9 Followers on  Oct 31, 2012

The Eclipse Foundation has released Orion 1.0, a browser-based editor for web applications written in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.

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ACE, a Web-based Code Editor, Reaches 1.0

by Abel Avram Follow 9 Followers on  Sep 19, 2012 1

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.

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Google Has Open Sourced Octane, a New JavaScript Benchmark Suite

by Abel Avram Follow 9 Followers on  Aug 21, 2012

Google has open sourced Octane, a JavaScript benchmarking suite consisting of 13 tests measuring browser performance.

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PouchDB – a CouchDB-inspired Offline Web Database

by Abel Avram Follow 9 Followers on  Jun 07, 2012

Inspired by Apache CouchDB, PouchDB (Portable CouchDB) is a small footprint database for web and especially mobile applications that need a browser-based storage solution that can be used offline. The database can be synchronized with CouchDB databases or other PouchDBs when the device comes back online.

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Mozilla Prepares a Separate Firefox Release for the Enterprise

by Abel Avram Follow 9 Followers on  Jan 11, 2012 1

Mozilla will create a separate Firefox release for enterprises, but it will come with less security and stability fixes. Organizations interested in such a version are invited to participate in alpha and beta testing.

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Google proposes Dart bindings and Multi-VM support to WebKit

by Dio Synodinos Follow 3 Followers on  Dec 06, 2011 21

Google’s Vijay Menon proposed on the WebKit developers mailing list the creation of a branch that would add support for multiple runtimes and ready made bindings for the Dart language. Other languages that could be supported are Python, Java, Ruby, Lua and more.

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WebGL, WebCL, MultiCores: The State and Future of Parallel Javascript in the Browser with RiverTrail

by D. Synodinos Follow 0 Followers , W. Schuster Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 12, 2011

JavaScript has remained sequential although parallel processing capabilities are currently available even on mobile devices. Intel Labs has been working on an extension of JavaScript that takes advantage of multi-core systems and has released a Firefox plugin. InfoQ had an exclusive interview with  Stephan Herhut from Intel Labs about this work.

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Adobe Will No Longer Develop Flash for Mobile Browsers

by Abel Avram Follow 9 Followers on  Nov 09, 2011 1

Adobe has decided to stop developing Flash for mobile browsers. They will focus instead on creating tools for native applications using AIR and HTML5 ones.

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Google Dart Language and Tools Announced - Dynamic Language, Optionally Typed, Familiar Syntax

by Werner Schuster Follow 6 Followers on  Oct 10, 2011 10

Google has announced a new language: Google Dart and tools. The language and tools are currently considered a technology preview, and an open source release is available now. The language is not yet in Chrome. Dart is dynamic, optional types and reified Generics. Concurrency uses Erlang-style processes called Isolates, share nothing with async message passing.

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Amazon’s New Browser, Silk, Is Using a Split Architecture

by Abel Avram Follow 9 Followers on  Sep 29, 2011

Amazon has created Silk, a WebKit-based browser using SPDY to maintain a single connection with services hosted on AWS where web pages are preloaded and prepared for being pushed to the device. The effect: faster browsing, less device power consumption and better security.

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JavaScript Extension that Adds Parallel Processing Capabilities Unveiled by Intel

by Dio Synodinos Follow 3 Followers on  Sep 16, 2011

JavaScript, the language that powers the Web, has mainly remained sequentially, although parallel processing capabilities are currently available even on mobile devices. Intel Labs has been working on an extension of JavaScript that takes advantage of multi-core systems and has released a Firefox plugin.

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Enterprise Reacts to Browser Release Cycle

by Vinayak Palankar Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 26, 2011 3

Enterprise organizations were taken by surprise with the recent release of Firefox 5.0 just three months after 4.0, citing security concern and lack of stable Firefox versions for enterprises to work with. At the same time Microsoft has reaffirmed its commitment to enterprises as well as general web consumers.

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WebCL Brings Parallelism to the Browser

by Abel Avram Follow 9 Followers on  Jul 08, 2011

WebCL brings parallelism support to the browser, enabling JavaScript developers to write data intensive web applications. Nokia has a prototype for Firefox while Samsung has one for WebKit browsers.

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Firefox: Mozilla Wants a New Development Process, Firefox 4 and the Roadmap

by Abel Avram Follow 9 Followers on  Mar 23, 2011

The Mozilla team wants to switch Firefox development to a schedule-driven process to speed up releases. Firefox 4 has been recently released with many improvements, while the roadmap outlines plans for versions 5, 6, and 7.

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Google Revamps Native Client, but will it be taking it all the way?

by Dio Synodinos Follow 3 Followers on  Feb 20, 2011 8

About a year after it’s original announcement, Google released a new version of the Native Client (NaCl) SDK, which allows the safe execution of native code from a web browser. It is unclear though, if this ambitious project will be making it to production, or have the fate of other projects like Wave or Gears.

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