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Inside Dev (Apr 17th, 2019)

Hey readers, have you heard of a new web development buzzword? Let me know, and I might feature you in May's Jargon Watch! Just email me at dev@Inside.com!

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1. AMP pages will display the site publisher's domain on supported browsers, Google announced. Before, website domains began with "google.com/amp" and then displayed the site's domain, but now publishers can opt out of this after Google rolled out support in AMP web results to link to a new file format feature called signed exchanges. Signed exchanges allow Google Chrome, the future Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge, and potentially other browsers in the future to trust a document as if it belongs to the publisher's origin. This consequently gives publishers the ability to "use first-party cookies and storage to customize content and simplify analytics integration," and thus display their URL instead of Google AMP. To get started with signed exchanges and eliminate "google.com/amp" from a website's URL, click here. - GOOGLE WEBMASTERS CENTRAL BLOG

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2. Mozilla is working on Pyodide, a standard Python interpreter that runs in the web browser and is able to directly interact with JavaScript's libraries and APIs. "Any JavaScript variable, no matter how custom, is fully accessible from Python," explains its staff data engineer Mike Droettboom. "[It’s] this tight level of integration that allows a user to do their data processing in Python, and then send it to JavaScript for visualization." Pyodide is built on WebAssembly and emscripten. At present, however, Droettboom calls it a work-in-progress because it lacks support for features such as threading at the moment. - VENTURE BEAT

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3. RedHat has taken over leadership of the OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 projects from Oracle. For the past 12 years, RedHat has been an Open JDK member, and ed both the OpenJDK 6 and OpenJDK 7 projects. In the next few weeks, the company says its plans to launch OpenJDK in a Microsoft installer and distribute IcedTea-Web. - REDHAT

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4. Node v8.16.0 (LTS) is now available. This latest release adds an API for asynchronous functions and marks the mark thread-safe function as stable. To check out a full list of new commits, click here. - NODE.JS

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5. Google may block websites from being able to detect users in Incognito mode in Chrome 75. The tech giant is allegedly testing an implementation of a Filesystem API flag, so sites will not be able to track such users. However, users must manually turn this feature on by typing chrome://flags in the URL and find the “Filesystem API in Incognito” flag, before restarting their browser. The API is currently available in Chrome 75 Canary and may be made available in the stable version of Chrome 75. - DIGIT

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READERS: SEND ME YOUR PROJECTS!

Hi readers! I need your help. Every other week, I try to highlight cool web apps I've stumbled upon, or that readers find amazing for whatever reason. in the Project Spotlight feature. I particularly, however, love to feature awesome projects our readers have worked on, or are working on, so please send them to me with your relevant details (ie social media handles, GitHub profiles, information about what tools/languages you used, advice, challenges you may have faced, etc..whatever you'd like!) to dev@inside.com! You can also just send me other people's apps you thought were great, and if I like it, I'll make sure to credit you as well!

- Sheena

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Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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