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Shoutem Aims to Be the WordPress of React Native Mobile Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  May 12, 2017

Shoutem has recently launched its new React Native-based app builder, which is being presented to developers as the WordPress for mobile apps. InfoQ has spoken with Shoutem's VP of marketing, Robert Sekulić.

Prepack JavaScript Compiler Aims to Reduce Startup Time

by David Iffland on  May 08, 2017 1

Facebook has revealed Prepack, a compile time JavaScript interpreter that aims to reduce the time spent initializing code by pre-computing the global code block. The biggest beneficiaries of this tool are React Native apps and other platforms where startup time is one of the biggest performance bottlenecks.

React Fiber: A Closer Look at the New Engine of React

by David Iffland on  May 01, 2017

Facebook is working on a completely new architecture underpinning React, their popular JavaScript framework. The new design, dubbed React Fiber, alters how and when changes are detected in order to improve perceived responsiveness on browsers and other rendering targets. React Fiber will be launched in version 16 and should be a drop-in replacement for most React apps.

TypeScript 2.3 Adds Generic Default Arguments, Async Iterators Support, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 29, 2017

TypeScript 2.3 extends the language syntax by adding support for declaring defaults for generic type parameters and for async generators and iterators. It also aims to improve integration with existing JavaScript code with a new compile option and introduces official support for language server plugins.

Google Retires Octane JavaScript Benchmark

by David Iffland 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.

Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference 2017: Day One Recap

by Michael Redlich on  Apr 24, 2017

Day One of the 12th annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference was held on Tuesday, April 18 in Philadelphia, PA. This two-day event included keynotes by Blair MacIntyre (augmented reality pioneer) and Scott Hanselman (podcaster), and featured speakers Monica Beckwith (JVM consultant at Oracle), Yehuda Katz (co-creator of Ember.js), and Jessica Kerr (lead engineer at Atomist).

10 Weeks to QCon New York: Keynotes Announced and Early Peek into the Speaker Lineup

by Wesley Reisz on  Apr 24, 2017

QCon New York (the 6th annual software conference) is just 10 weeks away. June 26-28 QCon returns to its new location at Times Square’s Marriott Marquis, but with the same great lineup of speakers. 2017 features speakers from Stitch Fix, Google, Netflix, Lyft, Pivotal, Redis Labs, among others.

Phantom.js Maintainer Steps down, Leaving Project's Future in Doubt

by David Iffland on  Apr 17, 2017

The maintainer of the headless browser testing framework, Phantom.js, has decided to step down due to the release of a headless version of Chromium. It's unclear if the project's founder will be able to find enough help to continue.

Moving from JavaScript to TypeScript at Slack

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 17, 2017

Switching from JavaScript to TypeScript at Slack has been challenging but dramatically beneficial, writes Slack desktop engineer Felix Rieseberg. InfoQ has spoken with him.

React 15.5 Prepares Developers for Big Changes

by David Iffland on  Apr 14, 2017

Facebook has released version 15.5 of React which deprecates two features that may trip up developers. To prepare for their removal in version 16, which is set to be a big update, Facebook wants to give plenty of notice to developers about changes they'll have to make to their code.

Long Term Support for Angular Announced at ng-conf 2017

by David Iffland on  Apr 07, 2017

During the 2017 ng-conf keynote, Igor Minar and Steven Fluin took the time to showcase the softer side of Angular. With all major technical topics in the rearview mirror, the focus was on the community and how Angular will evolve over time. Long Term Support for Angular v4 was announced.

Next.js 2.0 Keeps It Simple, Adds Needed Features

by David Iffland on  Mar 31, 2017

Zeit has released version 2.0 of their Next.js universal React framework. The new version maintains the simplicity offered in version 1, but adds necessary features common to many modern applications. In addition, they've created a new way of writing CSS for React components that lets developers return to writing standard CSS.

Angular 4.0 Released with a Focus on Shrinking App Size

by David Iffland on  Mar 28, 2017

Google released version 4.0 of their popular Angular JavaScript framework, focusing on shrinking the size of the generated code and keeping the framework on a streamlined release schedule.

Fable 1.0 Beta Brings Better Tooling Integration, New Project Format, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 27, 2017

F# to JavaScript compiler Fable has reached version 1.0 beta, bringing tooling improvements, a streamlined project format, and better code generation. InfoQ has spoken with Fable creator Alfonso García-Caro.

WebStorm 2017.1 Adds Vue.js Support

by David Iffland on  Mar 21, 2017

WebStorm 2017.1 keeps the IDE topped off with the latest JavaScript features including support for Vue.js, Jest, Angular Language Service, StandardJS and emojis.

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