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Submission + - Yahoo! Open-Sources Sled, Renames to Postmile (

Mensa Babe writes: The open-sourcing of Yahoo! Sled and renaming it to "Postmile" (the new website will soon be available) has recently been announced by Eran Hammer-Lahav on the official Sled forum and various JavaScript-related mailing lists. The GitHub project initially published at is now officially available at under a permissive non-copyleft open-source MIT/BSD-like license.

What is particularly notable is the information about the heavy use of the Google V8-based Node.js environment by the Yahoo! developers. Eran Hammer-Lahav writes: "At Yahoo!, we are super excited about Node.js and it is already part of our standard infrastructure in many areas. For us, Node.js is not just a cool new toy to play around with but a strategic investment. We have a growing internal Node.js community and at least a dozen Node.js opportunities we would love to talk to you about." It is a perfect example of how big corporations can greatly benefit from fully supporting the principles of cooperation in the spirit of the open-source movement.

Sled was developed around open standards like ECMA-262 5th edition — the most up-to-date version of the JavaScript language specification, HTML5 — the cutting-edge standard for interactive Web applications developed by the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group and recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium, and OAuth — a secure API authentication and authorization protocol.

It has been built using fully open-source technology including the revolutionary Express Web framework, the Socket.IO real-time browser-server communication library, the Jade template engine, the MongoDB document-oriented database management system and of course Node.js — an event-driven server-side JavaScript environment based on V8, a high-performance open-source JavaScript engine used in the Google Chrome Web browser. Using the Apache CouchDB is a logical next step. Making Postmile available for everyone to use, from small developers to big corporations, can bring more attention to the fast-growing community of server-side JavaScript advocates. Using the same language on both front-end and back-end can significantly reduce the cost of developing Web application. Showing the trust that big corporations like Yahoo! have in server-side JavaScript can greatly improve the public reception of the language that still too many people mistakenly describe as a browser-only scripting language.


Submission + - JavaScript Toolkit v1.1.0 Released (

Mensa Babe writes: Oliver Morgan, the original author of the JavaScript Toolkit, or just "The Toolkit" as it is known in the JavaScript community, has just announced the release of the long awaited version 1.1.0, with better documentation and added function support.

Quoting the project documentation: "[JavaScript] Toolkit offers a large number of integrated methods and utilities to help enrich the javascript object library. Javascript was built originally for browsers and as such lacks a large number of data utility methods with are seen in languages such as Python and Ruby. However times have changed and JavaScript is being used more and more in backend platforms. JS Toolkit aims to bridge that gap and provide everyone a modern developer needs to produce fast, secure and tidy code quick and easily."

The Toolkit fully supports ECMAScript 5 and runs on the most important virtual machines that we have today, including Node.JS, V8, Rhino, RingoJS, and many others. It continues to be actively developed.

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