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Apr 6

TC39: Open and Incremental Approach Improves Standards Process

By on April 6, 2017 6:29 am

In our recent post about the key features in ES2017, I was reminded just how much the standards process has changed in the past 15 years. As someone who tried to get involved early to improve standards, the process was broken and I was quickly discouraged. However, much has changed since the early days of the web.

Back in the early 2000s, standards bodies attempted to codify features already implemented, and attempts to extend the web were often overly complex. The process typically occurred behind closed doors, usually with a few large companies attempting to push their technology agenda, with little opportunity for the public to participate in the process other than perhaps a mailing list. The collaborative tools we rely on today simply did not exist, and most browser implementations were not based on open source software. Simply put, it was difficult to make progress in that environment.

Here we’ll look at the non-technical side of the standards process, and how modern web standards are evolving in a more open and collaborative manner, leading to a better web platform.

Feb 27

Functional reactive programming and Observables in JavaScript, TypeScript, and Dojo 2

By on February 27, 2017 7:45 am

Functional programming and reactive programming principles are not new to JavaScript, but their adoption has recently become widespread across most modern frameworks and toolkits. The ease of using these approaches has improved as we’ve finally seen the decline of legacy browsers, and as we’ve seen the introduction of functional and reactive paradigms within ES6 and ES8.

Feb 10

Moving 4-ward with Intern

By on February 10, 2017 6:51 am

The motivation for Intern 4 is to make it easier to author tests with ES6+ features within tests, with or without transpilation.

Want to skim? Here’s the Intern Roadmap which lists our high level status for each Intern release going forward.

Or if you’re curious to know the details for our plans for Intern this year, read on:

Dec 20

SeleniumConf 2016 Recap

By on December 20, 2016 7:03 am

Selenium¬†is the leading tool for browser and mobile app automation and functional testing. Each year the Selenium community gets together to talk about emerging trends with Selenium and testing best practices in general. This year’s event was held in London at the Mermaid Theatre along the Thames. The conference provided an excellent opportunity to meet the key members of the Selenium team and other people and companies focused on testing. Here are some highlights from this year’s conference.

Dec 15

Intern Visual Regression Plugin

By on December 15, 2016 7:31 am

Thanks to a generous Mozilla Open Source Support program grant, Intern has expanded its testing ecosystem to include new and robust sets of tools. Engineers can now easily write tests to benchmark sections of code, test for accessibility (a11y) support, and test for visual differences. Today we’ll show you how to use Intern’s Visual Regression plugin to test for visual changes using a simple web page.

Nov 1

Connect.Tech 2016 recap

By on November 1, 2016 6:54 am

I was back in Atlanta a couple weeks ago for Connect.Tech, the largest JavaScript focused conference in the southeast with nearly 1,000 attendees and 11 concurrent sessions. Connect.Tech is a community conference and covers a wide variety of topics over two days. This year I was invited to speak on the topics Composition vs. Inheritance and Testing ES6 and TypeScript Code with Intern.