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Famo.us Preps Web Browser Engine for Public Beta

Rendering engines inside browsers have been the subject of some of the fiercest debate across the Web. Although HTML5 represents a significant advance in terms of the richness of Web applications, industry giants such as Facebook have balked over what are often described as “black box” implementations of rendering engines in browsers that support HTML5 and that were not nearly as fast as native environments on mobile computing devices.

Sencha Converts Microsoft Azure into BaaS Platform

Mobile developers have come to rely on a number of backend-as-a-service (BaaS) offerings that make developing and deploying mobile applications a whole lot simpler. Now Sencha wants to take that that concept to the next logical conclusion in the form of an extension to its application development tools that turns the Microsoft Azure cloud into a BaaS environment for mobile applications.

Seven Conversations Overheard at DeveloperWeek 2014

Industry conferences such as DeveloperWeek 2014 are a great way to take the temperature of current industry thinking: whether it be discussions among developers over coffee, an aside in a panel presentation, or the chance to compare two presentation styles from developer-focused services. With ProgrammableWeb at DeveloperWeek in San Francisco, here is some of the buzz that we heard.

Javascript Gains While HTML5 Stalls

Mobile application developers are increasingly moving in the direction of Javascript while at the same time losing their enthusiasm for HTML5. According to a new survey of 6,698 mobile application developers conducted by International Data Corp. on behalf of appcelerator, a provider of tools for building mobile applications, 47.3 percent ranked JavaScript as the most relevant programming language they use today. By comparison, Java came in second at 35 percent while Objective C was third with 32 percent.

Global Hackathon Seeks PDF Extraction Solutions

An upcoming PDF Liberation Hackathon is aimed at raising developers' skills in unlocking data from PDF sources. The hackathon will be held onsite in Washington D.C. and in San Francisco on Jan. 17 - 19, 2014, while international developers can also compete remotely. ProgrammableWeb spoke with organizer Marc Joffe about how API-focused developers can participate.

The State of the Web Audio API

HTML5 and its APIs have gone a long way toward making Web applications compete with native applications. A key area in which HTML5 has seen the maximum attention from developers has been in its support for media technologies. Developers have used HTML5 audio and video APIs in tremendously innovative ways. However, it has not been an easy ride, with developers complaining about the lack of support for complex audio and video functions.