Orion 12 Brings Full Support for ECMAScript 2015

by James Chesters on  Jun 28, 2016

The Eclipse Orion project team has released version 12, bringing full support for the ECMAScript 2015 Language Specification. Mike Rennie, Orion contributor, says the release continues to emphasise Orion's JavaScript tooling, and that along with support for ECMAScript 2015, the release includes improved project configuration capabilities, and support for eslintrc.* files.

WebKit, V8, and Edge Improve JavaScript Implementations

by David Iffland on  May 19, 2016

WebKit, V8, and Microsoft Edge have each gotten a little closer to supporting the full ES2015 (ES6) spec and beyond. WebKit was the first browser engine to reach 100% on the Kangax Compatibility Table while V8 and Edge each added more features to their implementations.

Node.js 6.0 Supports 93% of ES2015

by Abel Avram on  Apr 27, 2016

Node.js 6.0 has been released, becoming the new current version. It comes with performance improvements, better test and documentation coverage, better security and wide support for ES2015.

ECMAScript 2016: Array.prototype.includes and the Exponentiation Operator

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2016

ECMAScript 2016 will include as new features only Array.prototype.includes and the Exponentiation Operator. Async functions will have to wait until next year.

Microsoft Bumps TypeScript to Version 1.7

by David Iffland on  Dec 08, 2015 2

Microsoft has released version 1.7 of TypeScript, which enables async/await for ES6 targets and introduces a polymorphic this type.

Meteor 1.2: ECMAScript 2015 and support for AngularJS, React

by James Chesters on  Sep 29, 2015

Meteor 1.2 has been released, announcing ECMAScript 2015 as the official JavaScript of the Meteor platform, along with support for Angular and React.

JavaScript Streams Introduced at Strange Loop

by David Iffland on  Sep 28, 2015

At the Strange Loop 2015 conference, Pam Selle introduced streams in JavaScript, showing what they're good for and how developers can use them.

TypeScript 1.5 Boosts ES6 Transpilation Features

by David Iffland on  Jul 28, 2015

Microsoft has released TypeScript 1.5, dramatically improving ES6 transpilation capabilities.

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 3

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.

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.

A Developer’s View on Microsoft Edge

by Abel Avram on  May 08, 2015 7

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.”

Node.js Releases Version 0.12

by James Chesters on  Feb 10, 2015

Node.js has released version 0.12, its first significant release since 2013's 0.10. The much-anticipated version 0.12, once described as "imminent" in January 2014, comes with a raft of Module and JS API changes, an updated version of V8, and many debugging enhancements. Significantly, it also comes with initial support for ECMAScript Internationalization API 1.0 (ECMA-402).

1.0.x Release for io.js

by James Chesters on  Jan 20, 2015

The io.js team has released version 1.0 -- but the versioning does not suggest the platform is "production ready." Despite overtaking Node, io.js clarifies the release in its own FAQ: "The choice to release as 1.0.x was not to signify that io.js should be considered production-ready, but because it was a significant enough release from Node.js to warrant a major version increment," it says.

6to5 JavaScript Transpiler Gains Momentum

by David Iffland on  Jan 14, 2015

The 6to5 JavaScript transpiler has made significant gains in its short 6 month lifespan, besting Google's Traceur transpiler in ECMAScript 6 compatibility. Developers can write ES6 code now and let 6to5 output valid ES5 for use in today's browsers. Recently 6to5 incorporated the team behind competitor esnext into the project.

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