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Phantom.js Maintainer Steps down, Leaving Project's Future in Doubt

by David Iffland on  Apr 17, 2017

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 7.6 Brings Default Async/Await Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 27, 2017

Node.js 7.6 has shipped with official support for async/await enabled by default and better performance on low-memory devices.

Twitter's React-Based Mobile Web Stack Rivals Native Performance

by David Iffland on  Feb 17, 2017

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.

Realm Mobile Platform Adds Horizontal Scalability, Support for Legacy Data Sources, and Replication

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 31, 2017

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.

Visual Studio Code 1.8 Adds Hot Exit, Zen Mode, More Debugging Options

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 16, 2016

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 Brings Web Workers Specification

by James Chesters on  Nov 28, 2016

NativeScript 2.4 has been released with support for the Web Workers specification, along with Angular 2.2, Node 6, ES6, and ES7.

Realm Releases Object Database for Node.js

by James Chesters on  Nov 22, 2016

Realm has launched an open source object database for Node.js, allowing mobile developers to create and send pre-populated Realms to clients.

Azure Relay Freed from WCF Shackles, Goes Cross-Platform

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 06, 2016

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.

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.

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.

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.

Meteor 1.4 Release Updates Node and MongoDB

by James Chesters on  Aug 02, 2016

Version 1.4 of Meteor has been released, with major updates to Node and MongoDB. Zoltan Olah, Meteor's director of customer success, said the release "focuses on long term stability for the platform, continues our work to align Meteor with the wider JavaScript ecosystem, and positions us to work closer with the community than ever before."

Continuous Updating Tool VersionEye Now Open Source

by Grischa Ekart on  Jul 28, 2016

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.

Visual Studio Code 1.3 Finally Adds Tabs

by David Iffland on  Jul 11, 2016

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.

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