Npm has released version 4.0.0, its first semver major release since the release of npm 3 in 2015. The v4 release brings a bevy of breaking changes, including a rewritten npm search, as well as deprecated prepublish and changed behaviour for npm scripts.
A developer found out the hard way that they had built their Firefox browser extension on banned technology. Angular 1.X has been banned for use in Firefox extensions as long as a security vulnerability exists in the way Angular interacts with the extension and the displayed web page.
Google has launched Chrome 54, further side lining Flash in the browser by using HTML5 for YouTube embed. The stable release rewrites YouTube Flash embeds, so that when a Flash embed for YouTube is detected, the browser will automatically use HTML5 instead. Google said that the change had been made "to reduce the overall usage of Flash in Chrome."
For the last few months, the V8 team has focused on reducing the memory consumed by the V8 engine, including work on the new Ignition interpreter, and improvements to V8’s parser and compilers. A key enabler of this process was profiling V8 memory usage using specific tools against a benchmark, as explained by V8 engineers Ulan Degenbaev, Michael Lippautz, Hannes Payer, and Toon Verwaest.
Vue.js 2.0 has been released along with two companion libraries. The new framework uses a new virtual DOM implementation that is said to significantly improve performance. Creator Evan You says that "Vue 2.0 [is] one of the fastest frameworks out there."
The Rust core team has released the stable version of 1.12, calling it one of the most significant Rust releases since 1.0. The release brings the long-awaited Mid-Level IR (MIR) paving the way for future compiler optimisations.
Zeppelin is a MIT licensed open source secure smart contract development framework to build blockchain applications. It's a community effort pioneered to ensure only secure, tested and audited smart contract code makes it to a production blockchain, to reduce incidents such as "The DAO" hack. Zeppelin is intended to be blockchain-agnostic, but in the beginning they are focusing on Solidity tools.
The Node.js Foundation has released the v7 beta for Node.js. Its release coincides with v6 becoming the foundation's second LTS release, where its life will continue under Active LTS and Maintenance until April 2019.
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.