Javascript

  • Mozilla And Epic Games Bring Unreal Engine 3 To The Web, No Plugin Needed

    Mozilla And Epic Games Bring Unreal Engine 3 To The Web, No Plugin Needed

    Back in 2011, Epic ported its popular Unreal Engine 3 technology to Flash and showed how relatively high-end 3D games could run in the browser. It’s 2013 now, however, and Flash isn’t exactly a hot topic anymore. So to show off what game developers can do with a modern browser and without plugins today, Mozilla and Epic teamed up a little while ago to port Unreal Engine 3 to the… Read More

  • Is The Death Of JavaScript Upon Us, Or Is A Universal Language Transformation Underway?

    Is The Death Of JavaScript Upon Us, Or Is A Universal Language Transformation Underway?

    Editor’s note: Péter Halácsy is co-founder and CTO of Prezi. Startups identify with JavaScript. When you’re just starting out, you need to be dynamic. You need to be flexible. You need to be able to bust out a prototype that just works, and you need to be able to change it on a dime without recompiling your code. JavaScript was once the startup of the browser wars, and it… Read More

  • Firefox Beta Now Features New IonMonkey JavaScript Compiler, Built-In PDF Viewer, Retina and Touch Support

    Firefox Beta Now Features New IonMonkey JavaScript Compiler, Built-In PDF Viewer, Retina and Touch Support

    Today is beta-release day at Mozilla, and the organization is launching new beta versions of Firefox for the desktop and Android. This time around, the desktop version is set to get the most interesting updates, including the new IonMonkey just-in-time JavaScript compiler, as well as support for Macs with Retina displays and W3C Touch Event support for machines with touchscreens. On… Read More

  • Google Releases The First Stable SDK For Its Dart JavaScript Alternative

    Google Releases The First Stable SDK For Its Dart JavaScript Alternative

    Google launched Dart, its class-based object-oriented language for writing complex web apps, exactly year ago and to celebrate its birthday, the Dart team is launching the first stable version of the Dart software development kit (SDK) today. According to the Dart team, this new version of the SDK offers a faster virtual machine that can even outperform Google’s efficient V8… Read More

  • Famo.us Reveals More Details About Its HTML5 Turbo-Charger

    Famo.us Reveals More Details About Its HTML5 Turbo-Charger

    Last month as part of our TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield Coverage, we wrote about Famo.us, the company behind a forthcoming HTML5 framework that its developers claim will make it easier to build HTML5 apps that perform as well as native apps. Now the company is revealing more information about how it works and what it can be used for. Read More

  • Dropbox Rewrote Its Entire Browser-Side Codebase In 1 Week

    Dropbox Rewrote Its Entire Browser-Side Codebase In 1 Week

    The engineering team at Dropbox re-wrote its browser-side codebase one week last July, according to a post on the Dropbox tech blog. The rewrite was done to translate all of its JavaScript into a language called CoffeeScript. CoffeeScript is a language that compiles into JavaScript. It offers an alternative syntax that looks more like Python or Ruby, with the goal of enabling… Read More

  • JavaScript Tops Latest Programming Language Popularity Ranking From RedMonk

    JavaScript Tops Latest Programming Language Popularity Ranking From RedMonk

    Industry analyst firm RedMonk published today its latest quarterly programming language popularity ranking. JavaScript came out on top, followed closely by Java, PHP, and Python. The rankings are based on data collected from the open source project host GitHub and the programming questions and answer site StackOverflow, a measurement invented by Drew Conway and John Myles White in 2010. Read More

  • 5 Ways To Learn Code From The Comfort Of Your Own Browser

    5 Ways To Learn Code From The Comfort Of Your Own Browser

    One of the big trends of the past couple years, spurred the growing demand for programmers, is the rise of in-browser programming tutorials. Gone are the days when you’d have to buy a book and configure a development environment before you could get your hands dirty with a little code. Maybe you want to start learning on your work computer and don’t have access to install a… Read More

  • Google Launches Octane: A New JavaScript Benchmark Based On Popular Apps And Libraries

    Google Launches Octane: A New JavaScript Benchmark Based On Popular Apps And Libraries

    Google’s Chrome team just launched Octane, a new JavaScript benchmark suite that aims to measure real-world performance. Unlike most other benchmarks, which tend to use artificial tests developed to stress a certain feature, Octane is based upon a set of well-known web applications and libraries. This means, says Google, “a high score in the new benchmark directly translates to… Read More

  • Move Over Meteor: Derby Is The Other High Speed Node.js Framework In Town

    Move Over Meteor: Derby Is The Other High Speed Node.js Framework In Town

    Although the company behind Meteor, a framework for building real-time JavaScript applications in vein of Google Docs, just announced a nice big $11.2 million round of funding, it’s not the only game in town. In my story earlier this week I mentioned Mojito, a framework developed by Yahoo. But there’s still another framework that has escaped my attention, even though it’s… Read More

  • This Is Not The Net You Thought You Knew

    This Is Not The Net You Thought You Knew

    You know how the Internet works, right? Of course you do: you’re a TechCrunch reader, a power user. You know what that “HTTP” means in your address bar (if you’re not using Chrome.) You know that behind the scenes, the Domain Name System translates your requests for domain names like techcrunch.com to numeric addresses like 76.74.254.121, and secure connections are… Read More