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TypeScript 2.0 Beta Brings Option Types, Discriminated Unions, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 13, 2016

Daniel Rosenwasser, program manager for TypeScript at Microsoft, has announced the beta release of TypeScript 2.0, which brings a wealth of new features to the language including non-nullable types, control flow analysis for types and discriminated unions.

LokiJS 1.4 Release Brings Performance Improvement, NativeScript Adapter

by James Chesters on  Jul 12, 2016

Version 1.4 or LokiJS, the in-memory database that prioritises performance, has been released, bringing a NativeScript adapter.

Mozilla's Servo Browser Now Available Nightly

by David Iffland on  Jul 07, 2016

The Servo browser, built from scratch by Mozilla Research, has matured to the point where nightly builds are available for download. The group hopes to broaden the browser's reach so that they can quickly improve its web compatibility and performance.

npm Releases Enterprise Add-ons for Security, Licensing

by James Chesters on  Jul 06, 2016

Npm has released Enterprise add-ons, allowing developers to directly integrate third-party tools for the first time

D3 JavaScript Visualization Library Hits 4.0

by David Iffland on  Jun 29, 2016

The JavaScript visualization library D3.js has undergone a major rewrite and is now at version 4.0. The new version offers plenty of new features and bug fixes, but the biggest change is its modularity. Instead of being a single monolith, v4 is now available in discrete modules.

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.

Safari 10 Ships WebDriver

by James Chesters on  Jun 23, 2016

Apple has announced support for WebDriver in Safari 10.0.

Microsoft Boasts Power Efficiency of Edge

by David Iffland on  Jun 21, 2016

Microsoft boasts that users of its Edge web browser see improved battery performance over other browsers. In addition, the new Windows 10 Anniversary Edition will bring even greater battery efficiency improvements in the browser.

Apple's Safari 10 Pretends Flash Doesn't Exist

by David Iffland on  Jun 16, 2016

Apple has announced that the next version of Safari will block Flash and other legacy plug-ins by default. The browser will trick websites into thinking that Flash isn't available resulting in a user prompt to install Flash.

Long-awaited jQuery 3.0 Brings Slim Build

by James Chesters on  Jun 15, 2016

The jQuery team has unveiled the long-awaited 3.0 release, bringing a new slimmed-down option as well as major new features, improvements, and bug fixes.

Gluon Announces Full Java 9 Mobile Initiative

by Victor Grazi on  Jun 10, 2016 2

Gluon is making Java 9 development available to iOS and Android developers in the form of their Gluon VM project, a full Java 9 native port.

HyperDev Spins Up New Web Apps with No Effort

by David Iffland on  Jun 09, 2016

Fog Creek Software has released a new web-based tool to create a new web app, live on the internet, without any of the chores normally associated with creating a new app. Called HyperDev, it allows for collaborative front- and back-end development using Node.js.

Atom 1.9 Beta Brings Better Performance, Drag and Drop Tab Layout, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 08, 2016

Version 1.9 beta of GitHub’s Atom text editor has been announced, along with Atom 1.8. Atom 1.9 beta sports a completed redesign of its buffer display layers, drag and drop layout management for tabs, and an upgraded Electron.

Google Chrome 51 Arrives with Intersection Observers, and Credential Management APIs

by James Chesters on  Jun 07, 2016

Google has launched Chrome 51, bringing with it intersection observers, passive event listeners and the credential management APIs -- as well as many security fixes.

Macros Return to Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 06, 2016 2

Writing macros to automate tasks was a popular feature in older versions of Visual Studio. Since Visual Studio 2012, macros have not been available but now a new extension promises to provide macros to users of Visual Studio 2013 & 2015.

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