Stories by Paul Krill

Microsoft upgrades JavaScript, Visual Studio development tools

Microsoft is making more accommodations for developers in both the JavaScript and Visual Studio realms, including promoting the development of "universal experiences."

Meteor JavaScript framework hits Windows

Until now, developers who wanted to build Web and mobile apps via the Meteor JavaScript framework had to do so via either Mac or Linux clients. That changes today with the release of Meteor 1.1, which features support for Windows clients as well as the MongoDB 3.0 database.

Google Dart upgrade homes in on asynchronous programming

Google has released Dart 1.9, with a focus on asynchronous programming.

Facebook's iOS UI development framework goes open source

Facebook has open-sourced ComponentKit, its React-inspired framework for iOS,

Microsoft brings Node.js debugging to Visual Studio

With NTVS (Node.js Tools 1.0 for Visual Studio) released Wednesday, Microsoft is enabling its Windows software development platform for use as a Node.js IDE.

Facebook pushes Messenger as future of business communication

Facebook is positioning its Messenger app as a way to improve communications between online businesses and their customers.

Marketers can't keep up on updating their mobile apps

Companies' user-facing mobile apps are not being updated enough, according to a report released by Forrester Research on the state of mobile app development by "e-business professionals," meaning those who develop applications for marketing and customer-facing reasons.

Developer: Dump JavaScript for faster Web loading

Web pages would be loaded quicker sans JavaScript via a proposal being floated by the editor of a fashion magazine, possibly as part of a still-theoretical "HTML6."

Instant feedback arrives for JavaScript code testing

Developers looking for quick results when testing JavaScript code could have a solution with the Wallaby.js test runner tool, a code coverage technology intended to offer nearly immediate reporting of results.

Scriptr: Write your Internet of Things in JavaScript

Scriptr, the company behind the the scriptr.io scripting engine launched this week, is looking to link developers to the Internet of things.

Microsoft open-sources .Net build system

MSBuild, the build platform for Microsoft's Visual Studio toolset and the .Net Platform, is now open source, marking the software giant's latest embrace of the open source movement.

Scala.js lets you compile Scala to JavaScript

Scala, developed as a functional and object-oriented language for the Java Virtual Machine, is now multiplatform, with developers using it in abundance on JavaScript via Scala.js, Scala founder Martin Odersky says.

Oracle lays out Lego-like future of Java

Developers have plenty to look forward to in Java, given efforts afoot to add modularization and improvements data access and performance.

Dumped by Pivotal, Groovy moves to Apache

With Pivotal about to pull funding for Groovy, the dynamic language project is moving over to the Apache Software Foundation. Groovy has been formally submitted to Apache and is on a path to becoming a top-level project, Apache said on Wednesday.

Facebook nets billions in savings from Open Compute Project

Facebook, by adhering to the Open Compute Project it founded in October 2011, has saved more than $2 billion over the past three years, a company official said Tuesday at the Open Compute Summit Conference in Silicon Valley.