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Google Releases Versions 7.0 and 7.1 of V8 JavaScript Engine

by Dylan Schiemann Follow 10 Followers on  Nov 08, 2018

The recent 7.0 and 7.1 versions of Google's V8 JavaScript engine improve JavaScript memory performance, add key features for WebAssembly, and introduce a few minor language improvements.

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Electron 3 Release Increases Stability

by Dylan Schiemann Follow 10 Followers on  Oct 30, 2018

The Electron team recently announced the release of version 3 of Electron. This release includes numerous enhancements and improvements including support for reading massive files, better APIs for managing applications, and logging and performance measurement capabilities.

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Node.js 8.0 Released, New LTS Version Later This Year

by David Iffland Follow 4 Followers on  Jun 02, 2017 1

Node.js 8.0 has been released, setting up the future Long Term Support (LTS) version for late 2017 and 2018. This new version contains a number of new features as well. Once 8.X LTS releases later this year, it will be the first LTS release that contains async/await.

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Google Retires Octane JavaScript Benchmark

by David Iffland Follow 4 Followers on  Apr 26, 2017

Google has retired their Octane JavaScript benchmark tool, citing over-optimization of micro-benchmarks to the detriment of real-world performance. Other browser vendors agree that the benchmark by itself is of little value. In the future, performance improvements may come from focusing on what the user is actually experiencing.

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Node 7.6 Brings Default Async/Await Support

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Feb 27, 2017

Node.js 7.6 has shipped with official support for async/await enabled by default and better performance on low-memory devices.

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NodeJS v7 Upgrades to V8 5.4

by James Chesters Follow 2 Followers on  Nov 02, 2016

The Node.js Foundation has released Node.js v7, including the updated V8 5.4.

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Profiling and Optimizing V8 Memory Consumption

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Oct 10, 2016

For the last few months, the V8 team has focused on reducing the memory consumed by the V8 engine, including work on the new Ignition interpreter, and improvements to V8’s parser and compilers. A key enabler of this process was profiling V8 memory usage using specific tools against a benchmark, as explained by V8 engineers Ulan Degenbaev, Michael Lippautz, Hannes Payer, and Toon Verwaest.

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V8's New JavaScript Interpreter Improves Memory Consumption

by David Iffland Follow 4 Followers on  Aug 25, 2016 1

Google's V8 JavaScript engine has a new interpreter, called Ignition, that hopes to reduce the compiler's memory consumption and reduce complexity. Chrome 53 will start using Ignition on Android devices with 512 MB of RAM or less.

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WebKit, V8, and Edge Improve JavaScript Implementations

by David Iffland Follow 4 Followers 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.

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V8 JavaScript Engine 5.1 Brings More ECMAScript Compliance, WASM Support

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Apr 27, 2016

Google has announced version 5.1 of its V8 JavaScript engine, which improves compliance with the ECMAScript 2017 draft specification and adds preliminary support for WASM, a low-level portable bytecode aimed to enable near-native execution speed.

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V8 4.9 Released with 91% ECMAScript 2015 Support

by James Chesters Follow 2 Followers on  Jan 03, 2016

Google has released version 4.9 of the V8 JavaScript engine, bringing it to 91% completion with ECMAScript 2015.

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ChakraCore Opens Up Microsoft Edge’s JavaScript Engine

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Dec 09, 2015

Microsoft’s JavaScript engine core components will be open-sourced next month, Microsoft announced at JSConf US. ChakraCore will provide a fully-fledged, self-contained JavaScript virtual machine, Microsoft say, that includes everything that is required to parse, interpret, compile and execute JavaScript code without dependencies on Microsoft Edge internals.

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Node.js Release 4.0, First Combined Release With io.js

by James Chesters Follow 2 Followers on  Sep 15, 2015

The Node.js Foundation has released Node.js v 4.0, combining Node.js and io.js into one single codebase. The all-new Node.js contains many new ES6 features enabled by default, as well as V8 v4.5, with accompanying new features.

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io.js Team Releases 2.0, Debates Joining Node Foundation

by James Chesters Follow 2 Followers on  May 12, 2015

The io.js team has released version 2.0 bringing with it the upgraded V8 JavaScript engine. The upgrade moves classes out of staging, with the class keyword usable in strict mode without flags, as well moving object literal enhancements out of staging, making shorthand method and property syntax usable, and implementing rest parameters in staging behind the --harmony-rest-parameters flag.

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Google Proposes StrongMode and SoundScript, Boosting V8 Performance

by David Iffland Follow 4 Followers on  Mar 11, 2015

Google's Chrome team has proposed two extensions to JavaScript in a move to boost the performance of their V8 JavaScript Engine. StrongMode will limit the JavaScript language to only allow parts with guaranteed performance. SoundScript will add user-facing types to JavaScript, not at compile-time, but at run-time in the browser.

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