JavaScript Newsletter, #5

By April 4, 2018 Newsletter

News from the JavaScript Community

BLOQspace Joins the JS Foundation to Foster Blockchain and JavaScript Adoption

We’re excited to announce the newest member to join the JS Foundation, BLOQspace, a grassroots movement focused on fostering the adoption of blockchain and JavaScript through free education and community outreach. BLOQspace’s commitment to the JS Foundation showcases continued growth of the JavaScript ecosystems in the blockchain, cryptocurrency and online payment spaces.


The JS Foundation Focuses on Serverless and the Internet of Things

At the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Leadership Summit, held this month in Sonoma, California, Alex Williams, founder of The New Stack, sat down with Kris Borchers, Executive Director of the JS Foundation, to talk about the focus of the foundation. Borchers spoke about the history of the foundation when jQuery Foundation and Dojo Foundation merged.


Fitbit <3’s JerryScript: JavaScript Breaks into the Internet of Things

The recent release of the Fitbit Ionic marked Fitbit’s first true smartwatch. More significant to the JavaScript developer community, though, is the fact that the Ionic was produced and shipped using JerryScript, a lightweight JavaScript engine built to power the Internet of Things (IoT). The Ionic represents one of the first instances of JerryScript being used in production, not to mention the most ambitious thus far. This alone signifies a big win for the JavaScript community’s work toward getting JavaScript in IoT production environments.


Speak at Open Source Summit North America; New Tracks + Program Committee Announcement

The Linux Foundation has opened the Open Source Summit North America 2018 call for proposals, and invites to share your expertise in this exploding open source market. Proposals are due April 29, 2018.

They’re seeking a wide range of talks, from topics such as Infrastructure & Automation, Linux Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Native and Containers and more!


An Introduction to IoT.js Architecture

IoT.js is a lightweight JavaScript platform for the Internet of Things built on top of JerryScript. This article, by Ziran Sun, will introduce you to the architecture of IoT.js and the fundamentals of writing applications for it.


Smaller Lodash Bundles with Webpack and Babel

If you’ve been using Lodash and its various plugins for making its bundle size smaller but want to better understand when to use lodash-webpack-plugin vs. babel-plugin-lodash, then checkout this article by Nolan Lawson.


Mocha Testing Tips & Tricks for JS Developers

Stop using import and require in every single test file and check out these tips & tricks on how to reduce boilerplate from SnappyJS.


Angular Material DatePicker (with MomentJs Integration)

In this lesson, we are going to show the Angular Material DatePicker component in action, and we will link it to a plain input box. You’ll also learn to setup the datepicker so that it emits MomentJs instances instead of plain Javascript dates.


Dojo 2 Release Candidate 1 is Now Available!

We’re pleased to announce Dojo 2 release candidate 1 is now available! Dojo 2 includes out-of-the-box CSS modules, Custom Elements for interoperability, CLI tools, state management, and more.


Create a Web Interface Using Node-RED to Trigger an IBM Watson Studio Analytics Workflow

Data science workflows that don’t have a user interface are difficult to demonstrate to business users. This developer journey shows you how to build a web interface using Node-RED.



JS Interactive
Vancouver, BC – Closes April 20, 2018

Open Source Summit North America
Vancouver, BC – Closes April 29, 2018

Carlsbad, CA – Closes May 1, 2018

Open Source Summit Europe
Edinburgh, UK – Closes July 1, 2018


Appium Conf 2018
London, United Kingdom – April 6, 2018

Berlin, Germany – June 2-3, 2018

Dinosaur JS
Denver, CO – June 21, 2018

New Orleans, LA – April 30 – May 3, 2018

London, United Kingdom – May 10-11, 2018

LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen
Beijing, China – June 25-27, 2018

Hong Kong, China – July 9-12, 2018

Node Summit
San Francisco, CA – July 23-25, 2018

JS Interactive
Vancouver, BC – October 10-12, 2018

All Things Open
Raleigh, NC – October 21-23, 2018

Web Summit
Lisbon, Portugal – November 5-8, 2018

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