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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

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Jest

Jest, a JavaScript testing framework, was created to run thousands of tests at Facebook, but since this painless JavaScript test runner is open source, any developer can get started by installing it themselves. Jest allows Facebook to virtualize JavaScript environments, utilizing Jasmine assertions by default. Jest is also modular, extendible and configurable, providing browser mocks … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Electrode

Walmart isn’t only known for slashing prices. It’s also known for its tech division, WalmartLabs, which has developed several open-source projects, including this week’s GitHub project of the week: Electrode. Walmart serves nearly 260 million customers who visit its 11,504 stores. Knowing that technology and software is always changing, Walmart has been ramping up its … continue reading

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State of JavaScript: Programming language has a bright future

JavaScript is considered one of the most popular programming languages, but depending on which developer is asked, opinions on the current JavaScript ecosystem are either strongly positive or strongly negative. That’s why Sacha Greif, a designer and coder living in Osaka, Japan, created a survey to see what everyone thinks about the current state of … continue reading

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Guest View: JavaScript framework roulette: How to avoid losing your shirt

It’s 2 AM, just hours before development is set to begin on your new multimillion-dollar project. While everyone else is sleeping, you’re wide-awake in a cold sweat. “Is that framework we selected really the right one?” you’re wondering. “Will we regret it later?” Sound familiar? Rest assured, you’re not alone! New JavaScript frameworks are under … continue reading

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Google’s Project Magenta, Redfin open-sources React Server, and Nokia to lay off more than 1,000 employees—SD Times news digest: May 23, 2016

One of Google’s latest projects is the Magenta project, an effort to generate music, video and images using machine intelligence. It’s also an open-source library for machine learning, part of the Google Brain team, using TensorFlow. The big question Project Magenta tries to answer is, “Can machines make music and art?” If this is possible, … continue reading

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React v15.0 released, AWS Lambda functions using Node.js 4.3.2 runtime, and Microsoft to give users control of Flash—SD Times digest: April 8, 2016

The React team has released a stable version of React v15.0, which follows the previous 0.14 version. With this release, React no longer actively supports Internet Explorer 8, among other new features and bug fixes. As part of this release, the React team would like to start welcoming community contributions. As a way of receiving … continue reading

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Microsoft is working on a Chrome extension porting tool, a CSS tutorial, and Searchkit 0.8—SD Times news digest: March 21, 2016

Shortly after Microsoft previewed the first set of extensions for Microsoft Edge, it was revealed the company is also working on a porting tool to allow developers to run Chrome extensions on the Edge browser. Jacob Rossi, an engineer for Microsoft Edge, tweeted: “Lots of questions on this: yes we’re working on a porting tool … continue reading

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Protoship aims to simplify Web app development

A new code generator wants to make it easier for designers and front-end programmers to create Web applications. Protoship is a code generator designed to create HTML, React and SASS components from design, without having to write CSS and HTML manually. “Unlike the output from typical code-generation tools, Protoship will produce good code indistinguishable from … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: MERN

Some developers are talking about a new GitHub project that they claim is the easiest way to build isomorphic JavaScript apps using React and Redux. After giving it a look, we decided to feature it for our SD Times GitHub project of the week. Can you feel the MERN yet? MERN is a scaffolding tool … continue reading

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Facebook releases React Native for Android

Facebook is letting Android developers take advantage of its JavaScript framework for native development. The company has announced it is releasing React Native for Android. “React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React,” the company wrote on its GitHub page. “The … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: GitHub Desktop

GitHub is making the jump from Web-based platform to desktop collaboration. This week’s GitHub Project of the Week is not a project at all, but the next natural extension of GitHub’s open-source platform itself. The repository-hosting service has become the social collaboration hub for open-source development, and with the announcement of GitHub Desktop, it looks … continue reading

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