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Friday, March 21st, 2008

Roundup on Parallel Connections

Category: Browsers, Performance

Steve Souders has taken a step back, analyzed the blog content that came out of IE 8 supporting 6 connections per host, and has pulled together the facts to discuss: HTTP/1.1 RFC Section 8.1.4 of the HTTP/1.1 RFC says a “single-user client SHOULD NOT maintain more than 2 connections with any server or proxy.” The Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:10 am
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3.3 rating from 10 votes

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

OpenID and OAuth in the browser?

Category: Browsers, Gears, Security

Originally posted on my personal tech blog When I was looking over Brad Neuberg’s Paper Airplane thought experiment I noticed the single sign on feature, where you login to the browser, and then you are done. I realized that this is what I actually want. Having one signon via OpenID is really nice. It allows Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:59 am
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4.1 rating from 35 votes

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

IE8 and Safari 3.1 compatibility updates

Category: Browsers, Standards

Our hero, PPK, has updated his compatibility tests to include IE 8b1 and Safari 3.1. You can now check out the W3C DOM Compatibility – HTML table, and the W3C DOM Compatibility – Core tests. Thanks for the reference PPK!

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:46 am
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4.1 rating from 20 votes

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Safari 3.1 Released

Category: Browsers, WebKit

Safari 3.1 has been released, so fire up your software update now (or direct install). The new release includes features (and many more): JavaScript performance improvements Standards: Adds support for CSS 3 web fonts Standards: Adds support for CSS transforms and transitions Standards: Adds support for HTML 5 <video> and <audio> elements Standards: Adds support Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:59 am
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4.5 rating from 40 votes

Monday, March 17th, 2008

IE 8 Connetion Parallelism Issues

Category: Browsers, IE, Performance

Now that we have our hands on IE 8 beta, we see developers testing the various features. Ryan Breen continues IE 8 tests on the new connection limits and parallelism: A few weeks ago, I discussed IE8’s improved connection parallelism, specifically the increase from 2 concurrent connections per host to 6. One open question was Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:14 am
11 Comments

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3.8 rating from 29 votes

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

W3C CSSOM View Module

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Standards

PPK has blogged a critique of the new W3C CSSOM View Module. He is a fan: W3C published the first working draft of the W3C CSSOM View specification (written by Anne van Kesteren), and I must say I’m very happy with it. Since I was testing stuff anyway I created a new compatibility table for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:05 am
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3.6 rating from 11 votes

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Sitepoint releases HTML reference as a beta

Category: Announcements, Browsers, Microformat

While this is not strictly Ajax or JavaScript related, it is noteworthy to point out that Sitepoint just released a HTML reference that is quite handy to have around if you wonder if what you are building is really HTML or just tagsoup. Good HTML references are really hard to come by, either they are Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 4:33 pm
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3.6 rating from 26 votes

Firefox 3 beta 4: postMessage and perf

Category: Browsers, Firefox

Mozilla has released Firefox 3 beta 4 which includes new standards support and performance: Improved platform features such as: support for HTML5’s window.postMessage and window.messageEvent, JavaScript 1.8 improvements, and offline data storage for web applications. Performance improvements: changes to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimization resulted in significant gains over previous releases Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:57 am
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4.3 rating from 36 votes

IE 8 and Performance

Category: Browsers, IE, Performance

Steve Souders has posted on IE 8 and performance improvements. One new nugget of information that I haven’t seen anywhere else is the fact that scripts are now loaded in parallel (and execution is still serial of course): Increasing parallel downloads makes pages load faster. (For users with slower CPUs or Internet connections it could Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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4.2 rating from 24 votes

Friday, March 7th, 2008

IE and WebKit Performance; Is WebKit the Ralph Nader of Browsers?

Category: Browsers, Performance

We have seen a barrage of performance and compliance information this week haven’t we. Wow. We got a little more yesterday too. The WebKit team talked about the Acid 3 test and how they are up to 90/100: Support for CSS3 Selectors We added support for all of the remaining CSS3 selectors. These include selectors Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:34 pm
14 Comments

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3.4 rating from 39 votes

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Backbase tests browser JavaScript and Render performance including IE 8

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Performance

Sjoerd Mulder of Backbase ran a couple of performance tests on a slew of browsers, including IE 8 beta. He tested both the JavaScript performance, and the rendering performance: A lot of respect and thanks to all the browser teams pushing the boundary of performance. I think it’s an awesome result that the current nightlies Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:11 am
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4.1 rating from 33 votes

IE 8 on Acid

Category: Browsers, IE, JavaScript

The IE team posted that they were passing Acid2 a few months ago, yet people are seeing a broken face when they tested with IE 8 beta. Phil Nachreiner of IE explained the situation: Although we said that IE8 Beta 1 passes the ACID2 test, some of you may be seeing results like the image Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:38 am
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3.9 rating from 22 votes

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

IE 8: Better Ajax, CSS, DOM, and new features

Category: Browsers, IE

MIX has started, and we have the news we have been waiting for, for some time. What is IE 8 going to do? Microsoft has put out an IE 8 Readiness Report that discusses everything. There is a TON of amazing stuff here. It also looks like they will be using the standards for most Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:31 am
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4.4 rating from 61 votes

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Acid 3 Ships; WebKit praised

Category: Browsers, JavaScript

Acid 3 has been released. Jon Tan ran a few tests and posted the results. Hixie commented on his blog about the release, and praised WebKit on how they have been closing a large number of bugs: I have to say straight up that I’ve been really impressed with the WebKit team. Even before the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:08 am
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4.6 rating from 27 votes

Microsoft changes IE 8 defaults to be “standards mode”

Category: Browsers, IE

You have to hand it to the IE team, they have listened to the huge amount of community feedback on the IE 8 user agent feature, and they have reversed their decision so by default IE 8 will run in standards compliant mode. Why Change? Microsoft recently published a set of Interoperability Principles. Thinking about Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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4.4 rating from 47 votes

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Firefox 3 Performance Numbers

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Performance

Moving on from the “let me use that API” conversation and only some real stuff, urandom (thanks for the comment) let us know about the Cybernet News article on Firefox 3 performance. They are reporting that Firefox 3 is now faster than Safari 3, and is close to WebKit nightly in certain benchmarks. I can Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:40 pm
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4.7 rating from 62 votes