Ceylon, RedHat’s strongly statically typed language for the JVM, has reached version 1.3. Released one year after version 1.2, Ceylon 1.3 is a major release bringing Android support, npm integration, and a plugin for IntelliJ IDEA and Android Studio, in addition to new language features and improvements.
Mozilla has discontinued and removed Firefox Hello from its flagship browser. InfoQ talked to Nick Nguyen, VP of Firefox, about the decision to stop supporting the WebRTC experiment.
Redmonk Analyst Fintan Ryan recently published his findings on framework popularity in Java. After completing an in-depth research study on GitHub stars, issues, commits and Twitter followers, Ryan concludes: Spring still dominates, Spring Boot is on an exponential curve, Netty and Play continue to grow strongly.
The maintainers of the popular Bootstrap framework have announced that they are ending maintenance for Bootstrap v3, the current version. It's been over a year since the first alpha of version 4 was released and the project is still not in beta. To speed along development, Mark Otto (creator of Bootstrap) has decided to end all regular maintenance for version 3.
Mozilla has launched their website security analysis tool. Dubbed Observatory, the tool helps to spread information on best security practices to developers and sys admins in need of guidance.
NGINX Plus R10 has been released, with a focus on improving application security, and network integration. The release supports API authentication by validating JSON web tokens (JWT), and improved SSL/TLS performance in production with support for elliptic curve crypto (ECC) certificates.
Shape Security has open sourced a new schemaless binary serialization format called SuperPack.
NativeScript 2.2 has been released with upgraded UI, support for iOS10 Beta 3 and introducing Webpack for the Angular 2 based projects. The major release brings a raft of tooling updates, including the decision to use Webpack for the Angular 2 based projects.
A new tool, Webpack Dashboard, offers to improve the UX for those that use the popular Webpack module builder.