Vue.JS 3 receives update

There’s a major new release of Vue.js, the JavaScript library. The developers say version 3 provides improved performance, smaller bundle sizes, better TypeScript integration, new APIs for tackling large scale use cases, and “a solid foundation for long-term future iterations of the framework”. Vue.js is a small, flexible JavaScript library that you can use to build interactive web applications. The developers say it offers simplicity, performance, and flexibility. It is made up of a core...

An AI-powered autocomplete

The Kite auto-complete tool based on AI, previously restricted to Python is now available for JavaScript. It also works with libraries and frameworks including React, Vue, Angular, and Node.js.  Kite goes further than the autocomplete suggestions provided by most editors, which usually suggest a variable name or class. By contrast, Kite will suggest several lines of code. The suggestions made by Kite, which in the case of the new JavaScript tool, are based on a model powered by machine learning...

W3C adopts WebAssembly

WebAssembly has been adopted by W3C and is now an official web standard. This doesn’t mean it is ready to use, however. The saga of WebAssembly will probably mystify programmers in years to come. We have browsers that have “native” JavaScript support and this has been refined and evolved over the years. Most programmers don’t like JavaScript for a range of reasons – it’s not elegant, it’s not class based, it’s weakly typed and it’s...

Babel 7 out with improved TypeScript support

Babel was once the lifesaver for many JavaScript projects. It took “future” JavaScript and compiled it to “current” JavaScript. But now the future has arrived, almost, and the question is do we need a compile step to slow things down? Things at Babel haven’t been running smoothly for a while, but now version 7 is ready: “After almost 2 years, 4k commits, over 50 pre-releases, and a lot of help we are excited to announce...

Stack Overflow analysis assesses ‘incredible’ growth of Python

Python’s profile continues to grow – but at what rate? According to David Robinson, data scientist at Stack Overflow, it has a ‘solid claim’ at being the fastest-growing major programming language. In June, Python became the most visited tag on the developer community site for the first time among high income countries, including hitting top spot in the US and UK and being in the top two almost everywhere else, behind either Java or JavaScript.  This is not a cause for...