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.
Node.js 7.6 has shipped with official support for async/await enabled by default and better performance on low-memory devices.
Twitter recently switched all of their mobile web traffic over to their new web stack, running Node.js on the back end, and a React-based Progressive Web App in the browser. The ability for this technology set to handle large traffic and data proves the capabilities of the chosen stack.
The Realm team has announced version 1.0 of its Realm Mobile Platform, aimed to make it possible to create mobile apps for iOS and Android with features such as automatic realtime data synchronization, realtime collaboration, live messaging, and more.
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.
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.
Developers attracted to the Azure Service Bus Relay for its ability to expose web services on internal networks to Internet-facing consumers have had, until recently, only one way to build such services: WCF. Using a just-released public preview called Azure Relay Hybrid Connections, developers may now use any Web socket friendly platform to connect local services to this cloud-based broker.
The Node.js Foundation has released Node.js v7, including the updated V8 5.4.
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.
VersionEye open-sourced its eponymous continuous integration tool that helps with updated project dependencies. Coined "continuous updating", the tool provides update notifications, licence checking and security vulnerabilities information for many software libraries. By open-sourcing the software, VersionEye founder Robert Reiz intends to increase trust and transparency of the code base.
Microsoft has released version 1.3 of their cross-platform Visual Studio Code. The new version now supports tabs and many other features. Additionally, the Monaco code editor that VS Code is built upon has been extracted and is now available as a stand-alone package.