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NodeJS v7 Upgrades to V8 5.4

by James Chesters on  Nov 02, 2016

The Node.js Foundation has released Node.js v7, including the updated V8 5.4.

Next.js Offers Simple Universal JavaScript Framework Based on React

by David Iffland on  Oct 31, 2016

Next.js is a universal JavaScript framework based on React. It has a simple setup and uses extensions to the React component model to provide server-based component rendering with the ability to continue rendering on the client.

npm 4.0 Deprecates Prepublish Lifecycle Script

by James Chesters on  Oct 26, 2016

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.

Angular 1.X Usage Banned in Firefox Extensions

by David Iffland on  Oct 24, 2016

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.

Linux Foundation Welcomes JavaScript Community

by James Chesters on  Oct 20, 2016 1

The Linux Foundation has welcomed the addition of the JavaScript Foundation. The foundation says that it aims "to support a vast array of technologies that complement projects throughout the entire JavaScript ecosystem." jQuery Foundation projects will also be united within the JS Foundation including Lodash, ESLint, Esprima, Grunt, RequireJS, jQuery UI, Globalize, Sizzle, Jed, and Dojo.

Chrome 54 Kills YouTube Flash Embeds

by James Chesters on  Oct 17, 2016

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."

Facebook Open Sources Yarn, a JavaScript Package Manager

by Abel Avram on  Oct 12, 2016

Facebook has open sourced Yarn, a proxy package manager for JavaScript modules stored on npm or Bower registries.

Profiling and Optimizing V8 Memory Consumption

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 10, 2016

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 Released, Slimmed Down and Sped Up

by David Iffland on  Oct 07, 2016 3

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."

Rust 1.12 Brings Mid-Level IR

by James Chesters on  Oct 05, 2016

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: a Secure Smart Contracts Open-Source Framework for Blockchain Applications

by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Oct 03, 2016

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.

TypeScript 2.0 Released

by James Chesters on  Sep 28, 2016 1

Microsoft has released TypeScript 2.0, with Simplified Declaration File Acquisition, Non-nullable Types and Readonly modifiers. The release delivers close ECMAScript spec alignment, wide support for JavaScript libraries and tools, and a language service that powers a first class editing experience in all major editors.

Aurelia's Rob Eisenberg Joins Microsoft

by David Iffland on  Sep 26, 2016 2

Rob Eisenberg, the creator of Aurelia, the alternative JavaScript framework, has taken a job with Microsoft leaving some in the community to wonder how well supported Aurelia will be in the future. Members of the Aurelia team have said that there should not be a big change.

Node.js v7 Beta Brings Canary in a Gold Mine

by James Chesters on  Sep 25, 2016

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 1.3 Adds Support for Building Android Apps and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 24, 2016 1

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.

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