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Browser War: My opinion

All major browser release an updated version for HTML 5. Lately I read few article on IE9 vs firefox 4 vs Chrome 10. Lot of people said lot of things. They did a benchmark test, run complex application on browser and show the difference in speed. Interestingly, in all of those test no one browser came out Standing on top. One browser win one test and second browser win other test. So what does all that mean to me as a internet user? Which browser I use? which browser is safest of all? which browser help my internet navigation habits?

The answer remain complex and in nutshell it is still unanswered. With this post I try to answer it for me. Maybe you find it helpful for you as well. They all are talking about the speed of browser. But what does it mean to me? If a browser loads a web page at 200 millisecond or 300 millisecond, does it make a difference to me? I mean I am not that fast to make difference in 100 milliseconds, even if it took 1 -2 extra second what I am going to loose ? If they talk about Javascript heavy load is faster with new engines, hmm let me check that. does my banking site use javascript, no. Does my email client use javascript, yes google and yahoo does, but in IE 6 or firefox 2-3 they still load in 20-25 secs and that is because my internet speed is that slow, so my browser anyways sit idle. Yet again, I got a bottle neck, my internet connection speed. So a speed doesn’t matter to me since it is been very little difference for a common man to feel it. However to speed up things they use cache which sometime does create problem for me that I have to clear my cache more often then in early days. Ah no body not that difference for me.

My Internet habit includes surfing of website after searching them in google and then opening the page in new tab. I love the more screen area all browser provided, and Firefox does it best of all for me. But I still see no difference at least considerable in my surfing habit because of new navigation structure. However i found it hard to “refresh” pages when they are still loading but got stuck due to my bad internet connection. I have to first stop them and wait a couple of second before old request was canceled and then reassign the new Open request. I miss that “Refresh/ Reload” button a lot. I need it back. Also in new UI, most browser make “Forward and backward” button big but they remove the refresh and reload button, man Website is suppose to visit LINK by LINK and not by move back and forward. When I move back and there was a form submit, it often get me stuck with it. So why they are promoting that back habit ?

Yet again, those new changes comes with some change in habit for making people not follow LINKs but use quick way of loading cached pages. Not a good idea for me.

Another change I note about browser is support for third party tool, hmm this is interesting. now I can share anything with my friends easily. Hey but why I want to share each and everything ? At work I don’t see it make sense at all, infact it is security risk as those 3rd party addon that help share might steal my bank account when I type it. Or maybe they just parse the page for no reason, slowing my slow internet yet again. I better switch those plugins.

On above someone give a note that I might consider the SAFE browser mode then, but hey why I keep switching things? I was on phone and my client want me to check my accounts, shall I ask my client hey wait I have to switch to safe mode first? or I better just type the name and go ahead.

But whatever it is, I am excited to see the growth in browser and love to see it more fruitful in future for me. I am a developer all those make sense for me as developer when I read benchmark reports. But it doesn’t make sense to me when I get involve with web as normal user. My choice of browser is not on what browser can do what, but I now make a habit of having 3-4 browser in my machine. Each one for each purpose. One for game, one for official/bank works and one for searching and surfing. So, I vote for each browser they are all equivalent and are same for me. It is just choice between what color of car you like to drive :).

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Firefox, Not really a better piece

I was reviewing a RAM Software, that analyze the RAM consumption. I was attracted by one particular entry when I Sort to see who is consume the maximum RAM on my PC. Though the entry didn’t surprise me as I have seen that entry before many a times. It was Firefox Browser. I have notice quite a few time that:

1. Firefox is slower to start on my PC as compare to IE 8. Please note I use default setting on both browser, and it been 7 month I clear the cache of IE 8, but I clear cache of Firefox every 2-3 month.

2. Firefox consume 300,000K RAM with 5-6 tabbed open, IE 8 consume almost half of that RAM with same websites.

3. If Firefox remain in working start for more than 7-8s it start getting slower. I particular has this problem with my Friend/Business Client, who use Firefox and doesn’t close it overnight, and in morning he always complain “The damn flash is slow on firefox, but works on IE fine”. I then ask him to restart the browser and flash animation starts working fine.

4. Firefox every here and there prompt to check updates for plugin or inform that a update is available. It frustrate that frequency of plugin updates is quite high. Again point to note is that I have only: Liveheader, Webdeveloper, google toolbar, fireshot and 2-3 other developer plugins only. I use default theme, never use any other theme.

BTW in this respect I must say that Chrome is better, except its Flash support and some bugs  are there in rendering. So no browser is good, but all are equal, whatever you use is okay in one respect and bad in other.

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Why Internet Explorer fails on today’s web standard

I was looking through history of HTML following a article on iphone and its role to evolve web. During the process I found another article that defines some dates on HTML standard. you can read that article here (http://www.yourhtmlsource.com/starthere/historyofhtml.html#1.0)

To my surprise, HTML v2.0 was standard until 1997. I was amazed to read that. Later in 1998, we have HTML version 4.00. But why we follow HTML 2.0 until 1997? Well the answer goes to history of firefox, Netscape navigator the Browser of that time, which start losing its ground against IE 5. IE 5 not include most of HTML 4.0 standard but is certainly better with its ability to correct HTML errors left by developer.(Remember that forgot TD in HTML code mess the page in navigator?).

Later in year 2001, when web was not very much evolve and market was recovering from IT SLOW down, microsoft dare to release IE 6, which help market gain some momenutum. But do we expect a Commerical company to invest heavily during that time? I guess no, so does microsoft might have done. They just make improvement to existing IE version and release a new browser for their upcoming Windows XP. Microsoft rules the market in web during that time, nobody knows of GOOGLE. So do microsoft has to follow HTML standard or should it follow what help them better user experience? I guess what microsoft does is good.

But certainly most techincal people doesn’t like that specially if they are annoyed with Windows ME bugs. Also the netscape is looking someway to defeat IE in web browser. Later in year 2004 they get a chance when people around the world start to learn of OPEN SOURCE Browser Firefox. Wow, it was after almost 6 years of defining web standard and 3 yrs after IE 6 they start ground again IE 6. However the main idea of Firefox is not to provide better option for client but to provide “Alternative” to Microsoft product. This was reflected in their advertisements as well. Even surprisingly they use that techinque even today when they are the LEADER in web browser.

When you install IE version it never ask to import data from other browser, but when you install Firefox or Chrome, they both ask to import ONLY from IE. Surprisingly my last install of Chrome doesn’t ask me to import data from Firefox, which is most used browser of that time. Do they have answer for it?

Microsoft is a commerical company not a charity foundation that give free software and then ask for donation? It create a product and sell it. Though in today’s world user mean nothing but “better” options. They are not friend of any product. Lately I discover Firefox render page differently on MAC then compare to windows or Linux box, now shall I start hate firefox ? This is what happen with MS. Even if Firefox is open source how many User of firefox actually download it’s source code and compile Firefox ? I guess it is less than 1-2% of how many users are using Firefox in their daily life.

Internet explorer with its market share get relaxed and fall behind on standard and with non coorporate users are taking more of web they fall the ground. As a web developer I see problems with 2-3 browser having almost equal share in market, we prefer one browser of any brand any standard. But as user I don’t mind using any browser they are good for one and bad for other.

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Google Chrome OS: What an Idea?

watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QRO3gKj3qw 

Google Chrome OS is not an OS but a Computer hardware running only a Browser. This sounds good, but do we really need such thing ? Or more over are we really ready for it?

At first the idea looks very good, and if you consider your children who came back home from school, sit on computer do only chat and facebook and then go for sleep, what else they need ? But wait, don’t they write documents ..we have google online document/office suite. hmm don’t they play their action game or car racing game.. ah that cannot be done on browser as of now. I mean Flash game took 10 minutes before we can play a simple card game with friends, who can I play a car race on internet. More over what if I have to download some client for my game? Where do I install it?

Google Chrome Team says that it took 45 seconds to boot the computer, the time one can make sandwich (they forgot that making sandwich took more time then that, as one has to open the fridge and take their knife out and blah blah, why you make sandwich running in kitchen) but anyways. How many time you really boot your PC in single day ? and how many time you need to restart your browser as it getting cached or acting nuts because same window was open from last 2 hrs? well the answer is PC boot was done just once or twice per day, if you shut it down at night (and not to torrent stuff), otherwise you open browser atleast 10 times per day. So what if your Google Chrome OS get cached, you have to spend <10 seconds of Chrome OS boot time? so if you boot 5 times you reach 50 secs anyways.

Also as I read some reviews about video, what happen if you are driving home and listen music online ? wait a minute you cannot do that with your 512kbps mobile phone Internet access? even if you do, don’t your phone gets disconnected because of network problem? if so your internet can get disconnected as well, so you cannot hear music on internet a useless Car stereo do the job better.

Google chrome is nothing more than a Linux distro as per estimation now that is stripped down to run only what a browser need to run. So you end up been a computer engineer who add modules to its computer for everything else he need. you need video player to run your DVD, add a driver and software. you need to install Game, first install OpenGL or joystick they are not there by default if it is only Browser. If it is not only browser, then didn’t it take time to initalize those stuff? then won’t it increase the boot time again?

After thinking about it, I would say it will be incorrect to say a computer with Google Chrome OS as “computer” , but it make sense to call it as “Internet Machine”. Or maybe you name it as GoTweetBook Machine (Google+Twitter + FaceBOOK) ?

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Ironically… We are the best

Just surfing around to see latest web technology. Currently the war on Web Browser is looking good, all new versions and benchmarking and things. Few techincal users give their opinion, few not so techincal read xyz article and gives experts comments. I love to become part of that and want to give my comments too.

Just over 6 months ago we launched our web browser, Google Chrome. Since then, we’ve pushed 29 updates, each working to improve Google Chrome’s speed, stability, and usability.

This line was picked from Hello world Chrome Blog post. Wow, did you see that 29 updates.. 5 update per month, and people at Google says Microsoft makes bad product. I never saw that many updates for IE, remember, IE 6 rules for more than 5-6 yrs along and people are happy using it until Firefox reach version 3.

Frankly speaking, I work on website development and I never feel any browser is bad. I surf all website with similar speed. I am not Computer Processor, that knows the difference between 5 milliseconds, what I see if end pages shows us within 1-2 seconds I click a link or something, and it is pretty much good for me.

I will say a browser is good, if it post my 100 MB file in 2 minutes irrespective of my internet connection speed, if they cannot, it really doesn’t matter much.

Hope you agree with me? So, I would say make a better software but don’t compare with other company product, that make you better.

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Chrome: My first experience

Today I download Chrome browser. Not sure where to start but lets do step by step

Installation: Fast, took me around 2 minute (maybe less) on 512kbps line to install this browser. +1 point to chrome

First Run of browser: Import settings from IE(without asking me) +1(for importing) -1 (for without asking me)

Do not import settings from Firefox -1

(Seems another MS hater only, when i have both browser installed in my PC, it should ask me what to do, rather than just try to replace IE …)

First website: Nothing flashy about it, open as similar to opening a site in Firefox or IE.  

Interface: Good blue colour on tabs, No status bar, no Title bar. You ever cannot find where “Chrome” is written in first shot. (Only found that in windows Task bar button).  No points as Blue is rather boring somewhat.

Other things:

1) Remember Password seems stolen feature from Firefox, it appears in similar fashion as in firefox.

2) Looks like you are using IE on interface without Titlebar, (just buttons difference they are as in Firefox).

3) got one small glitch when open a page that use Background colour and image both, it doesn’t show color below the End of HTML, but when refreshed it shows correctly. (sorry miss the screenshot to show). This surely tells there exists some rendering errors in browser.

4) annoying “loading popup status bar”, the small information status bar that comes on left of screen is bit annoying at it attract me to look at it.

In all, I found no good reason to switch to this browser. Just to save better space on screen we can always use Full screen on Firefox and IE. MAybe there rendering is fast. But when i use it on my developed website with Ajax, it works similar, It open gmail at similar speed. I haven’t use it more than 30 minute now. But will use it in future, at least for my website testings.

Good luck.

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Google Chrome: New Web browser

Today I got a newsletter that tell that google will launch its Beta of new web browser. Then I search and found some screenshot of it as well. A  New browser.. hmm, let me ask this… why you cannot leave browser market.. web developers are really frustrated with increase number of browser. If today I build a single website, I need to build it for IE6 and IE7 (as they render page differently), Firefox, Opera, Safari. Now here comes Chrome Beta and IE 8. They all doesn’t have single standard to follow. Moreover, they render page differently.

In this crowded market launch of new browser is certainly not accepted by developer easily. As if they have to test and fix their code for this browser. Than they are going to charge extra to clients, and most client will opt to leave this browser as it is just new.

Browsers are free anyways, so noone think of getting Chrome, more as they non microsoft are already satisfied with firefox. Also after seen screenshot, I feel it is not going to replace firefox easily with its great capability of theming that even IE miss. But let me wait for beta, to see its good point. Maybe they have better technology to get market share. But it is tough market Chrome, remember, Firefox doesn’t able to get even 50% of market share of IE (not all browser). So it will be tough as Chrome has two very good competitor.

Lets us wait for this browser, and see if I opt to change it or install it as yet another browser for testing only.

Good Luck Google….