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.
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.
The upcoming WebAssembly technology has reached the browser preview stage where major browser vendors have released a stable and compatible version of the language. They are now asking the community to use it and provide feedback.
Microsoft has launched VS Code 1.7.1, after breaking NPM registry with its 1.7 release. Project manager Wade Anderson said VS Code's Automatic Type Acquisition unintentionally flooded npm with requests for non-existent packages.
The Node.js Foundation has released Node.js v7, including the updated V8 5.4.