Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Thoughts on Chrome

With the release of the new Chrome browser we see a lot of chatter on the web. Every blogger, including myself, is dribbling out one comment or another about the new wonder browser, it's flaws, strengths, and it's future.

Many writers are saying that with it's new found vulnerabilities, it will be hard pressed to take enterprise share away from Microsoft and it's browser, Internet Explorer. And even though many think that this may usher in a new browsing age, or more likely shake Microsoft up enough to get them adding long over due features and improvements to Internet Explorer. I as a developer see another browser that I must test my sites against for compatibility, even though it is based on WebKit.

I think the real problem is that many people are overlooking the entirety of what is really starting to happen. And that is web browsers are about to take a step forward on the evolutionary path towards a true framework. Things have gone on to long with expanding a design that was done quickly based on a standard for displaying documents. It was never intended to do what it currently can and most of the newer functionality was put in place quickly at a rapid pace based on the consumer demand and the developer need to meet those demands.

Chrome is a new design and a step towards the next generation of browsers. But it is still a browser, with lots of improvements. Tabs running in their own process space, add faster JavaScript, thanks to V8, hidden tile bar when maximized to take full advantage of desktop real estate. It's a beautiful piece of work.

So what is the future of Chrome and the Web Browser. I don't know, only time will tell. But I think we are about to see the next incarnation of the OS debates all over again.

Welcome to "The Browser Wars"

Friday, September 5, 2008

New Blog Layout

For the few readers I have and for those who arrive from somewhere out on the internet. You may have noticed that I have a new blog layout. This is due to the fact that I am gearing it up to make large detailed posts. So I wanted to maximize the real estate of the blog to better suite my needs and my future effots to make this blog into a successful forum for presenting my ideas, thoughts, and general coding tricks.

I will probably be going through and reformatting a number of my past posts to support the new layout, as I have built it to make my life as a writer easier, the previous template required alot of editing of fonts and paragraph re-structuring to look correct.

Anyhow enjoy the new layout.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Google gets its own web browser

Well that's interesting. Being a developer and currently doing alot of web development I just had to slap my head and say "great another web browser" so I guess I'll have more cross browser compatability issues but I have to give them credit, taking a direct shot at Microsoft is a pretty big step.

Anyhow read the full article here.