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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.

Study Shows the Web is Crowded with Outdated, Vulnerable JavaScript Libraries

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 13, 2017

A recent study has found that 37% of Alexa top 75K websites has at least one vulnerability and almost 10% at least two. Maybe even more shockingly, 26% of Alexa top 500 websites use vulnerable libraries.

Browser Vendors Start Shipping WebAssembly by Default

by David Iffland on  Mar 10, 2017

The browser vendors working on WebAssembly have reached a "consensus" on an initial implementation set, allowing browsers to ship it on by default. While this is an important milestone, the initial implementation won't immediately result in significant uptake by developers as important features such as DOM integration and garbage collection are not yet part of the spec.

Kotlin 1.1 Adds Coroutines, Type Aliases, Improved JavaScript Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 09, 2017

Kotlin new version introduces a number of new language features – most notably coroutines – and improved support for its JavaScript target, writes Kotlin marketing manager Roman Belov.

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