Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
Many years ago I stumbled across the original BrowserHawk. Back then, it was primarily a way to feed information about a client’s web browser to a server-side web framework. I was impressed at the time with its ability to detect display resolution, color depth, and a variety of other data not available via HTTP headers.
Richard Litofsky wrote in to tell us that BrowserHawk lives on in a new form: BrowserHawk To-Go. It sounds interesting, though not as revolutionary today as it was to me back when embraced complete ignorance of client-side browser programming:
BHTG is a complete rewrite of our classic BrowserHawk product and is
By including our BHTG JS library developers can add our robust browser
sniffer that detects over 100 different properties including browser
type/version/platform, connection type and speed, latency, installed
plug-ins, blocked popups, Java settings, and more. This data can be logged
and/or used to dynamically control page behavior.
BHTG also can add an automated browser troubleshooting and self-help page to
a web site, again just by including the JS library. It also can, with one
line, monitor the *actual* page load times experienced by each user to a
customizable match rules.
BrowserHawk To-Go is a commercial product; they’re going for a Software-as-a-Service model where their servers host the script (à la Omniture, etc.).
Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:30 am