Security vulnerabilities in JavaScript libraries are hard to avoid

These days it is almost impossible to develop in JavaScript without utilizing one of the thousands of open-source JavaScript libraries available. Libraries make coding in JavaScript simpler and more efficient by taking processes that would ordinarily require several lines of code to achieve and simplifying them, usually by creating a single function that can be … 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

A low-power Wi-Fi system for IoT, an open-source e-book for free, and Ruby on Rails updates—SD Times news digest: Dec. 9, 2016

University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers created a Passive Wi-Fi system that demonstrates how it’s possible to generate Wi-Fi transmissions using 10,000x less power than other Wi-Fi chipsets, and 1,000x less power than Bluetooth Low Energy and ZigBee. “Passive Wi-Fi transmissions can be decoded on off-the-shelf smartphones and Wi-Fi chipsets over distances of … continue reading

jQuery 3.0 beta released, Yahoo’s machine-learning dataset, and Obama’s budget proposal for self-driving cars—SD Times news digest: Jan. 15, 2016

jQuery is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to commemorate that it is announcing the beta release of jQuery 3.0. Version 3.0 is the first major release from jQuery in years. In July, the jQuery team announced the alpha version with jQuery Compat 3.0, but due to Microsoft dropping support for IE8, IE9 and IE10, it … continue reading

jQuery Foundation updates its mission

The jQuery Foundation, the nonprofit trade association that oversees the open-source jQuery project and its ecosystem, has announced an updated mission statement and new mandates going forward. During a recent meeting of the jQuery Foundation board of directors, the organization—which includes members and corporate sponsors such as Adobe, Famo.us, IBM, Intel, Mozilla, Syncfusion, WordPress and … continue reading

Devpost’s Hackathon report, Git 2.5 released, and JShell in Java 9—SD Times news digest: July 30, 2015

Devpost, the hackathon platform formerly known as ChallengePost, has released its first Student Hacker Report for the 2014-2015 academic year, ranking the most popular platforms, programming languages, APIs, libraries, frameworks and more at hackathons over the past year. The report shows Android edging out iOS 38.2% to 22.7% for the most popular mobile platform, while … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: JSCity

JavaScript is empowering JavaScript to build a 3D JavaScript conceptual city. If that sounds meta, it’s because this week’s featured GitHub project, JSCity, is an implementation of the CodeCity source-code visualization environment brought to life with three.js, the popular JavaScript library enabling 3D visualizations, to illustrate facets of the JavaScript programming language as the infrastructure … continue reading

jQuery 3.0 is released

jQuery has announced the first alpha releases of jQuery 3.0 and jQuery Compat 3.0, the JavaScript library’s first major release in more than two years. jQuery 3.0 supports modern browsers and environments from IE9 forward. The 3.0 release is not a major rework of the jQuery codebase, but it supports the library’s shift to semantic … continue reading

Canonical’s Fan container networking, Mashape Analytics for APIs and microservices, and Erlang 18.0—SD Times news digest: June 24, 2015

Canonical has introduced the Fan, an overlay network system in Ubuntu for containers on Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine. The Fan is a free scalable address-expansion mechanism for both application-centric containers such as Docker or Rocket, or full-machine containers such as LXD, according to an announcement from Dustin Kirkland of Canonical’s Ubuntu product … continue reading

The future of JavaScript is (almost) now

JavaScript is everywhere. Once relegated to an Internet fad, the malleable programming language has evolved along with the Web and now finds itself entrenched in modern browsers, complex Web applications, mobile development, server-side programming, and in emerging platforms like the Internet of Things. Underlying that browser-centric user and developer shift, JavaScript has developed a robust … continue reading

Swift language popularity soars, Famo.us partners with jQuery, Musk makes AI donation—SD Times news digest: Jan. 16, 2015

In its latest programming language rankings, RedMonk announced Apple’s Swift language has risen 46 spots from No. 68 to No. 22 in the rankings from Q3 to Q4. “The growth that Swift experienced is essentially unprecedented in the history of these rankings,” the rankings report stated. “When we see dramatic growth from a language, it … continue reading

jQuery 3.0 and the future of Web development

In the eight years since its initial release, jQuery has become the foundation of the modern Web. The popular cross-platform library has become bundled and intertwined with countless websites, developer tools and with JavaScript itself. The next step for the open-source platform is jQuery 3.0. In a recent blog post entitled “jQuery 3.0: The Next … continue reading

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