JAVASCRIPT: Why Tungsten.js Is Not Like Other JavaScript Frameworks. Created at an e-commerce site, the JavaScript technology lets users build Web UIs with high-performance rendering on both client and server. InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill recently spoke with Wayfair’s Matt DeGennaro, the primary developer of Tungsten.js, about the framework and what separates it from other JavaScript options. Read more

FAYDE: Silverlight In JavaScript. Fayde is an implementation of Silverlight as a JavaScript compiler. It is not so much a reimplementation of Silverlight, more an XAML engine in JS. It can be used to port existing Silverlight projects, but not without some work. Read more

PROGRAMMING SKILLS: Now Would Be a Great Time To Get Into Creative JavaScript. Daniel Shiffman, an associate professor with NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, has written a textbook, The Nature of Code. It’s about modeling natural systems with programming, generally, but in the process it makes a lot of possibilities in game development, artificial intelligence, the absolutely exploding world of creative coding, and beyond suddenly really clear and accessible. Read more

JAVA & MACS: What Causes the Java Installation Dialog to Appear in OS X? A few ideas for getting rid of this annoyance. Read more


BUDGET: Debt limit to arrive 2 days early, Treasury secretary warns Congress. The federal government will reach its borrowing cap on Nov. 3, two days earlier than the Treasury Department first anticipated, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wrote Thursday in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Treasury has moved the date up because the government’s resources declined $4 billion-$6 billion more than expected during the past two weeks, he said. Read more

DRONES: Federal Government Tests Technology to Find Illegal Drone Operators. The Federal Aviation Administration has signed an agreement to test technology that could locate the operators of small drones that are flying illegally near airports, as the government tries to crack down on near-collisions with manned aircraft. Read more

WEB DESIGN: U.S. Government Issues New Web Design Standards To Make Federal Websites Easier To Use. The U.S. government has new guidelines to make federal websites easier on the eyes, helping users navigate and find what they’re looking for. When accessing a federal website, it’s of the utmost importance to have all the information clearly at hand. Many government websites are cumbersome, however, and the U.S. Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council wants to change that. Read more

SECURITY: A New Way for Tech Firms to Fight Orders to Unlock Devices. Although the federal government recently backed down on its efforts to compel tech companies to install backdoors on their electronic devices, it doesn’t mean the government has given up on getting access to protected phones and other devices. Read more


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