SD Times news digest: AngularFire adds Cloud Firestore support, Samsung release Windows Mixed Reality headset, and Azure Functions gets Java support

The Angular team has announced support for Cloud Firestore in AngularFire. Cloud Firestore was released into public beta this week by the Google Firebase team. It features querying; real-time data synchronization; iOS, Android and web SDKs with offline data access; and multi-region data replication. AngularFire is the official Angular library for Firebase. “AngularFire combines the … continue reading

SD Times GitHub project of the week: Yarn 1.0

The team behind Yarn, an open-source, fast and secure alternative npm client, announced the 1.0 release of the JavaScript package manager, which is a major step for the project. In the 11 month since its initial release in 2016 has generated more than 175,000 projects on GitHub, and it’s responsible for nearly three billion package downloads per month. … continue reading

Npm 5.0.0, OpenAI Baselines, Twilio Functions, and Raspberry Pi teams up with CoderDojo — SD Times news digest: May 26, 2017

The package manager for JavaScript npm reached version 5.0 this week. It includes some new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes that aim to make life easier for users. “This release marks months of hard work for the young, scrappy, and hungry CLI team, and includes some changes we’ve been hoping to do for literally … continue reading

Ruby on Rails 5.1.0 beta gets ‘spring cleaning’

Ruby on Rails is gearing up for its next big release. In the meantime, developers can check out the “highlight reel” of Rails 5.1.0 beta1, which cleans up deprecated code and includes major improvements to the ergonomics of Rails. This version follows the release of Rails 5.0, which came out about eight months ago. The … continue reading

ClojureScript release brings in new features, XebiaLabs updates enterprise DevOps platform, and Fitbit to cut 6% of staff—SD Times news digest: Jan. 30, 2017

Google sent out an e-mail late last week letting people know that ClojureScript, the Clojure compiler that emits JavaScript source code, has a feature release that includes externs inference and comprehensive JavaScript module support. The release includes externs inference, which “should greatly ease the integration of third-party JavaScript libraries incompatible with Google Clojure advanced compilation,” … continue reading

Inferno 1.0, AOL opens Kanvas to developer community, and Algolia community gets Yarn package search—SD Times news digest: Jan. 6, 2017

There’s a new lightweight, fast and mobile-friendly JavaScript library called Inferno, which developers can play around with as version 1.0 launched this week. Inferno is derived from React, so its architecture and life cycles will feel and look similar. But the difference is the computational engines render in a different way, according to Luke Sheard, … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Yarn

After using the successful npm client for years, a group of Facebook engineers realized that the size of the codebase and the number of engineers grew too much to handle. They needed to create a new package manager to reliably manage all the dependencies, while still giving engineers access to the npm registry. The result … continue reading

Companies to watch in 2017

As the technology industry continues to grow and flourish, new companies and startups are sprouting, and old companies are finding new ways of reviving themselves But as we head into the new year, some companies won’t make it through the winter months, while others will find new and innovative ways to thrive and blossom. SD … continue reading

Node community struggles to meet enterprises

NodeSummit in San Francisco kicked off today, with talks covering both the technical aspects of the platform to those dealing only with human beings. Among the topics discussed were the Node Foundation and its implications, the popularity of the React platform, and the need for enterprise controls around NPM. Dan Shaw, CTO of NodeSource, said … continue reading

Meteor 1.3 released, Databricks gives developers new APIs, and Google Cloud Platform joins Node.js Foundation—SD Times digest: March 30, 2016

The open-source JavaScript application platform Meteor announced its latest release: Meteor 1.3. This release is focused on helping teams with production applications manage, scale and test their Meteor codebases. It will also help the Meteor team to continue to align the Meteor platform with the innovations in JavaScript. Meteor 1.3 includes better support for application … continue reading

AquaJS framework for Node.js is open source and in beta

An open-source framework wants to tackle the challenges presented by moving to microservices and speed up application development so programmers do not have to spend as much time building software infrastructure. AquaJS is a framework for Node.js that was created at Equinix, which provides carrier-neutral datacenters and Internet exchanges for interconnection. AquaJS was developed to … continue reading

Node.js 5.0 arrives

Moving forward at a breakneck pace, Node.js reached version 5.0 today. The new version includes several changes, but is also the first release to include the fruits of a reworking of the Node Package Manager. Indeed, Node.js 5.0 comes shortly after the release of Node.js version 4.2.0, which was the most recent long-term support (LTS) … continue reading

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