Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Audible Ajax Episode 20: Project Tamarin

Category: Firefox, Flash, Interview, JavaScript, Podcasts

We at Ajaxian have long been hoping for a JIT compiler inside of the browsers’ JavaScript interpreter — so we were pretty stoked when Adobe donated their excellent JIT-compiling JavaScript virtual machine to Mozilla back in Nov. ’06. The new open-source codebase, maintained by the Mozilla Foundation, is known as Project Tamarin. In this episode Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 1:58 pm

4 rating from 73 votes

OneTeam instant messaging client

Category: Chat, Firefox

Process One has announced a new IM client called OneTeam. The client is XUL based, so requires Firefox 2 or can be run as a stand-alone XULRunner: OneTeam handles presence, one-to-one chat, file tranfert, user business card and group-chat in realtime. Based on the XMPP protocol, it enables both secure and private chat inside the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:06 am

3.5 rating from 27 votes

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Microsoft Firefox 2007 Professional Edition

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Fun, IE

If you can’t beat them, join them. That seems to be what Microsoft have done. In a surprise move, they have created Microsoft Firefox 2007 that mimics a lot of features from Mozilla Firefox. I can only assume that some deal was struck between the two. Features Simplified User Experience Amazing Marginal Manipulation Instant Search Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:33 am

2.4 rating from 133 votes

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Firefox 3.0: Passes Acid 2 CSS Test

Category: Firefox

Ars Technica has a nice look at Firefox 3.0 now that alphas and nightly builds are rolling out. The reflow improvements in Gecko 1.9 (included in the latest Gran Paradiso nightly build, but not the alpha release) finally enable Firefox to pass the Acid 2 test, a CSS test case developed by the Web Standards Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:26 am

4.4 rating from 241 votes

Monday, December 11th, 2006

If you aren’t already using Firebug…

Category: Firefox, Toolkit

…What are you waiting for?? Go watch this short screencast (direct link to the mov file) of the 1.0 beta to see some of the power, and then get it. One of my coworkers today had firebug installed but didn’t seem to be really using it to its full potential. I think Dion almost fired Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 10:50 pm

4.3 rating from 39 votes

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Firebug 1.0: Public Beta, Still Free, and a Lite version for other browsers

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Utility

Joe Hewitt has been busy. We have loved the private builds of Firebug 1.0 beta, and he just made a bunch of announcements: Firebug is to remain free: Very generous indeed. If you would like to support development, still check out the donate button. Joe wants to be able to hire someone to keep the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:13 am

4.6 rating from 51 votes

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

GetFirebug: 1.0 is getting close

Category: Firefox, JavaScript, Utility

Firebug 1.0 is currently in beta, and looks very different to the 0.4.1 that we all know and love. The new website Get Firebug gives you a glimpse of what is coming shortly: Inspect and edit HTML Tweak CSS to perfection Visualize CSS metrics Monitor network activity Debug and profile JavaScript Quickly find errors Explode Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:32 am

4.7 rating from 45 votes

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Adobe Open Sources JavaScript Engine in Mozilla Foundation

Category: Adobe, Announcements, Firefox

This is huge news. Adobe and the Mozilla Foundation announced that Adobe has contributed source code from the ActionScript Virtual Machine to the Mozilla Foundation: Mozilla will host a new open source project, called Tamarin, to accelerate the development of this standards-based approach for creating rich and engaging Web applications. The Tamarin project will implement Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:40 am

4.3 rating from 46 votes

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Performance of FF2 vs. IE 7

Category: Browsers, Firefox, JavaScript

The folks at Zimbra posted on the performance of IE7 vs. IE6 last week. This week they cracked open their test suite on FF2, the full release. Conclusion I think the net result is that for highly JavaScript intensive AJAX applications such as the ZWC, Firefox is still the winner by quite a wide margin. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:34 am
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4 rating from 20 votes

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Mozilla 2: JIT JVM and much more

Category: Firefox

Brendan Eich has released a posting on Mozilla 2 in which he looks back at Mozilla 1 before pointing the new way. This jumped out at me immediately: For Mozilla 2, we will have a JIT-oriented JavaScript VM (details soon) that supports the forthcoming ECMAScript Edition 4 (“JS2”) language. Among the desirable characteristics of this Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:02 am

4.2 rating from 25 votes

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Mozilla DOM UI Review

Category: Firefox

The Mozilla Foundation has given a grant out for doing a UI Review of the Firefox DOM Inspector. They are looking at what they can change and are looking for input. What do you like and dislike about how it works at the moment? What can it learn from other tools like Firebug and the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:18 am

3.4 rating from 18 votes

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

BJAX with Greasemonkey in Firefox and IE

Category: Examples, Firefox, IE

On the heels of my post about BJAX (Browser Extensions plus AJAX), I received a flood of requests asking for an example of how to build such an extension. In response, I’ve put together a Greasemonkey script that demonstrates how to add a simple Ajax widget to a third party web page. The example isn’t Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 9:07 am

3.9 rating from 24 votes

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Firefox 2: Client-side storage and a lot more

Category: Firefox

Firefox Bon Echo Alpha 3 just came out into the wild. This gives us a glimpse into new features that we will be getting. The big item is Client-side session and persistent storage meaning that we will be able to use JavaScript to: < View plain text > javascript sessionStorage.setItem(..)   and   globalStorage.namedItem(domain).setItem(..) There Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:04 am

3.7 rating from 44 votes

Monday, June 5th, 2006

Browser Warfare, Supporting Safari, and the Future of Macs

Category: Accessibility, Browsers, Firefox, Mac, Programming, WebKit

Leland Scott from Musings From Mars has a couple posts highlighting the never ending browser debates, in particular the Safari issue we have covered before. Scott called out a WordPress plugin that was linked to from Max Kieslers popular roundup of Ajax tutorials. The “shelf” plugin, similiar to the accordion widget in Rico and other Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 6:30 am

3.8 rating from 36 votes

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Joe Hewitt Talks on Firebug (Video)

Category: Firefox, JavaScript, Utility

If you’ll remember a little while back, we posted about the latest release of a handy Javascript extension for Firefox that makes working with the language much simpler. Well, the folks over at the Yahoo! Interface Blog have posted even more information about it – this time, in the format of a video from a Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 6:33 am

3.4 rating from 17 votes

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Firebug 0.4: Now with debugger

Category: Firefox, Utility

We posted on Firebug, the killer Firefox extension for working with JavaScript, at the beginning. Back then it had a lot of promise. Now we see the 0.4 release which adds major features such as: JavaScript Debugger (wow!) Stack Traces with JavaScript Errors Debug JavaScript Errors Logging levels and assertions printf-like String formatting Check out Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:02 am

4.4 rating from 56 votes