Oracle has announced that it will deprecate the Java browser plugin as part of the JDK 9 release now expected in 2017. The deprecated technology will be completely removed from the Oracle Java Development Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in a future Java release, but Oracle is yet to indicate which one.
Mozilla has announced the end of NPAPI in Firefox by the end of 2016, the only plug-in continuing to be supported being Flash.
With Chrome 45 only the main Flash content will be enabled, the rest being paused unless the user decides to manually start it.
The jQuery Plugin Registry is now in read-only mode and developers are encouraged to move their plugins over to npm. What comes next is less clear as a partnership with Famo.us has yet to fully develop. The end result is that stale, old plugins with no support will be eliminated.
Mozilla Firefox 26 now blocks all Java plug-ins by default due to security concerns but allows users to run such plug-ins if they want to.
Earlier this month, SOASTA and CloudBees released a plugin for the Jenkins continuous integration (or CI) server to run automated tests on real physical mobile devices. SOASTA released this plugin with optimizations that were developed by the creator of Jenkins, Kohsuke Kawaguchi. The plugin provides build steps for performing operations and testing mobile devices.
NUnit, XUnit.net, QUnit, Jasmine, Chutzpah are all supported in the Visual Studio 11 Beta along with MSUnit, promising better choice and over-all unit-testing experience for developers. And the list is expected to get bigger towards the final release of VS 11.