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WPD 434: More Spartan details, Fetch API vs XHR, HTTP/2 enables 100 parallel requests, ES7 decorators proposal

  • News

    • Microsoft hosts Project Spartan developer workshop: “Clean separation of legacy and new”, post
      • The new EdgeHTML engine will be hosted exclusively in the Project Spartan browser. IE11 will remain fundamentally unchanged from Windows 8.1. More details via Twitter: “Spartan will be evergreen - features will be pushed as they’re ready” (source); “Cortana is a web app that uses the EdgeHTML WebView” (source); “multiple concurrent off-thread JITs in Chakra engine” (source); “faster execution of code minified with UglifyJS” (source).
    • Service Worker testing is moving (from custom builds) to Firefox Nightly, @………’s post
  • Posts

    • How the CSS box model is applied to inline boxes, @………’s post
      • Soon in Firefox: “the box model overlay for split inline elements shows each individual line occupied by the elem.”
    • Examples of what the Fetch API can do that XHR cannot, @………’s post
      • Related: comparison between XHR and Fetch w/ readable streams, post (blink-dev Intent to Implement disc.)
  • Content

    • @………’s HTTP/2 demo: WebPageTest results show 100 parallel image requests, source
    • @………’s ES7 decorators proposal (supported in Babel’s next release, source), page
  • Demos

    • CSS timing function presets (coming to Firefox DevTools), @………’s post + gif

  • Other

    • Google’s Safe Browsing API now includes unwanted software data, post
      • (Safe Browsing is a Google service that enables applications to check URLs against Google’s constantly updated lists of suspected phishing, malware, and unwanted software pages, docs)
    • @………’s strawman spec: RangeFinder API, spec (disc.)
      • “The RangeFinder API enables a client-side script to incrementally search the DOM of the current document for matching strings, elements, or other DOM structures, based on criteria set with dedicated methods.”

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