Ceylon, RedHat’s strongly statically typed language for the JVM, has reached version 1.3. Released one year after version 1.2, Ceylon 1.3 is a major release bringing Android support, npm integration, and a plugin for IntelliJ IDEA and Android Studio, in addition to new language features and improvements.
Mozilla has discontinued and removed Firefox Hello from its flagship browser. InfoQ talked to Nick Nguyen, VP of Firefox, about the decision to stop supporting the WebRTC experiment.
The maintainers of the popular Bootstrap framework have announced that they are ending maintenance for Bootstrap v3, the current version. It's been over a year since the first alpha of version 4 was released and the project is still not in beta. To speed along development, Mark Otto (creator of Bootstrap) has decided to end all regular maintenance for version 3.
Mozilla has launched their website security analysis tool. Dubbed Observatory, the tool helps to spread information on best security practices to developers and sys admins in need of guidance.
NGINX Plus R10 has been released, with a focus on improving application security, and network integration. The release supports API authentication by validating JSON web tokens (JWT), and improved SSL/TLS performance in production with support for elliptic curve crypto (ECC) certificates.
Shape Security has open sourced a new schemaless binary serialization format called SuperPack.
NativeScript 2.2 has been released with upgraded UI, support for iOS10 Beta 3 and introducing Webpack for the Angular 2 based projects. The major release brings a raft of tooling updates, including the decision to use Webpack for the Angular 2 based projects.
A new tool, Webpack Dashboard, offers to improve the UX for those that use the popular Webpack module builder.
Google's Chrome 53 Beta brings support for Shadow DOM V1, as well as the PaymentRequest API. A significant improvement from the earlier V0 version, among the V1 upgrades are deprecation of multiple shadow roots, and a closed shadow root where a closed mode is designed to disallow any access to a node in a closed shadow root from an outside world.