“Fast and Probably Good Seedings for k-Means” by Olivier Bachem et al. was presented on 2016’s Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference and describes AFK-MC2, an alternative method to generate initial seedings for k-Means clustering algorithm that is several orders of magnitude faster than the state of art method k-Means++.
Polymer 2.0 replaces Custom Elements API v0 with v1, deprecates Polymer.dom, uses Shadow DOM instead, but the migration path is not so steep as these changes suggest because they have introduced a compatibility layer that enables code created with Polymer 1.7+ to run under 2.0
The newly released Visual Studio 1.8 brings many improvements and new features, including Hot Exit to prevent losing any edits, Zen Mode to make focusing on code easier, new debugging features, more accessible settings, etc.
Ashley Nolan asked 4,715 front-end developers about the tools they use in 2016. While many developers continue to use jQuery, React and Webpack are beginning to dominate the ecosystem.
Google has announced the release of Angular 2.3, including the first version of the Angular Language Service, and explained the naming conventions for Angular 4 onwards.
Igor Minar, Angular Team Lead at Google, keynoted on Angular at NG-BE 2016 which took place in Belgium last week. Minar presented the release schedule adopted for future versions of Angular and introduced the following major version which will be Angular 4.
Microsoft has released version 2.1 of TypeScript, bringing a slew of productivity improvements and adding much needed functionality to code emitted for today's web browsers.
Python is approaching its next major milestone, version 3.6. Expected to be released on December 16, Python 3.6 brings many new features, including faster and more compact dictionaries, improved asyncio, a new file system path protocol, and more.
NativeScript 2.4 has been released with support for the Web Workers specification, along with Angular 2.2, Node 6, ES6, and ES7.
Realm has launched an open source object database for Node.js, allowing mobile developers to create and send pre-populated Realms to clients.
Firefox Focus is a new web browser for iOS that blocks many ad and content trackers by default. Along with its minimal, single tab UI, the browser offers privacy and speed.
Mozilla has released Firefox 50. The latest update increases the benefits to users from multiple content processes, and fixes a dozen high impact security vulnerabilities. Among the improvements in Firefox's latest release is further access to Electrolysis, Mozilla's functionality for rendering and executing web-related content in background processes.