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Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Chris Wilson keynote at TAE

Category: Conferences, IE, The Ajax Experience

Chris Wilson (Platform Architect of Internet Explorer) led off Day 2 of The Ajax Experience with his keynote: “Moving The Web Forward”. The talk centered on challenges faced by browser vendors and web developers to achieve more secure, stable, interoperable, and performant solutions. Here’s a bit of a summary… Security and privacy are incredibly important Read the rest…

Posted by Jim Halberg at 2:14 pm

4.5 rating from 112 votes

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

IE Memory Leaks Be-gone

Category: IE

We can all rejoice as their are officially no more memory leaks in IE. Ok, there are probably still plenty, but it is good news to hear that with the MS07-033 security update we get: General distribution release (GDR) fixes A memory leak occurs in Internet Explorer 6 when you view a Web page that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:40 am

3.4 rating from 29 votes

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

Category: IE

The IE team has released a new Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar. This is the final release of the toolbar, but the comments in that thread talk about issues, not only with the toolbar itself, but also with Silverlight. The screencast of the tool is a Silverlight application, and some folk can’t get it working. Ah, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:21 am

3.1 rating from 44 votes

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

New Explorer Canvas Release

Category: Canvas, IE, JavaScript, Library

Erik Arvidsson has released a new version of ExCanvas, the wrapper around VML that implements the canvas tag on IE. This has enabled applications such as Yahoo! Pipes. With Silverlight, maybe a version could be created that wraps the faster silverlight rendering.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:22 am

4.1 rating from 34 votes

Monday, May 7th, 2007

IE 8: Opt-in for standards compliance

Category: Articles, IE

We have talked about the big debate on backwards compatibility vs. fixing things. Chris Wilson chatted to a large crowd at MIX about the future of IE, in which he talked a little about IE 8: However, Wilson did tell attendees that Microsoft is planning to require Web site authors to “opt-in” to standards mode Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:50 am

3.2 rating from 34 votes

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Heap Feng Shui in JavaScript and HeapLib

Category: IE, JavaScript, Library

Alexander Sotirov has gone deep into JavaScript internals in IE. Really deep. His focus was on exploits, but there is knowledge that help us understand why Array.join is better than string += “foo” for large amounts of data. Introduction The exploitation of heap corruption vulnerabilities on the Windows platform has become increasingly more difficult since Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:47 am

3.6 rating from 35 votes

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

OpenLaszlo: How We Deal with Browser Quirks

Category: IE, JavaScript

Max Carlson of OpenLaszlo recently blogged about their approach to dealing with browser incompatibilities: We keep an object that lists each quirk by name, with a boolean value for whether it’s active in the current browser or not… Next, we use some browser detection code to turn specific quirks on or off depending on the Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:00 am
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3.8 rating from 28 votes

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Microsoft, Canvas, and the WHATWG

Category: Canvas, Conferences, IE, Microsoft

Microsoft made some interesting statements at their Microsoft Technical Summit event (MTS07) this week. Pete LePage, a Product Manager on the IE team, gathered a small swath of the academic, business, and open-source community constituents in a room, chatted about the future of IE, and asked for feedback. Some interested bits: It turns out Microsoft Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:00 am

4 rating from 35 votes

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

IE6 Virtual PC Refresh Now Available

Category: IE, Microsoft, Testing

Pete LePage of the IE team has created a new Virtual PC IE6 image that allows designers and developers to do testing in an emulation layer. This image is for Virtual PC 2007. They didn’t do a version with IE 5.5 because: We did do some investigation of shipping VHD’s with IE5.5, or earlier, but Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:52 am

2.1 rating from 101 votes

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Browser Wars: Mozilla, IE, Opera join up for a panel discussion

Category: Browsers, Firefox, IE, Interview, Microsoft, Opera

Presented by the Silicon Valley WebBuilder, this event brought together Mike Shaver from Mozilla, Chris Wilson from Microsoft’s IE team, HÃ¥kon Lie from Opera, and expertly moderator Douglas Crockford from Yahoo! to talk about the current state of the browser landscape. At first, each person got a chance to say their peace. Here are some Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:00 am

4.5 rating from 69 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

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Attribute Nightmare in IE

Category: IE

It’s Friday, so maybe you want to sit back for a few minutes and walk through some time in Tobie Langel’s life as he tries to get IE to play nice with attributes. This tale walks through the pain of thinking that you have a working version, and then being disappointed again. IE: === Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:21 am

4.2 rating from 21 votes

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Microsoft IE JavaScript Perf. Tips, Part Trois

Category: IE, JavaScript, Microsoft

In August and November, we highlighted parts one and two of the IE team’s JScript performance tips. Peter Gurevich is back for part three: Avoid Closures if Possible. What happens when [a closure registered as an event listener] never fires? We expect it to, but it might not. If it doesn’t fire, the closure [may Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 11:54 pm

2.6 rating from 44 votes

Friday, November 17th, 2006

JavaScript Code Inefficiencies from the IE team

Category: IE, JavaScript

Peter Gurevich has stepped up with another post on IE+JavaScript Performance Recommendations Part 2: JavaScript Code Inefficiencies. The post is itself part one of a two parter, so this is 2.1 if you will, and covers inefficiencies in Javascript code: Optimize String Manipulations by Avoiding Intermediate Results Use Array.join(”) over constantly += them together (as Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:30 am

3.6 rating from 27 votes

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

IE7: Were they ready?

Category: IE

Over at they did some analysis on the impact of the IE7 release and whether “the web was ready for it”. On Friday 20th October – just two days after IE7 was released – we kicked off a short internal study. We fired up two machines and compared the homepages of all one hundred Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:02 am

3.3 rating from 20 votes

Friday, October 20th, 2006

IE At Virtual Arms Length

Category: Articles, IE

Alex Russell ran into someone who didn’t test IE at an IE launch party? In IE At Arms Length Alex talks about how he takes responsibility for testing the various versions of IE, even from a Mac. The Basics A high-end mac laptop, stuffed to the gills with RAM and a fast HD An external Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:09 am

3.8 rating from 11 votes