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Google Chrome Browser Thoughts


For years we have been accustomed to the tabbed browser interface and how helpful this is to manage your browsing sessions. This trend in software has been so successful that its hard to imagine a browser without these tabs. There is no doubt that while viewing a large collection the potential it has to start tying up your computers resources and may not entirely give them back when you’ve closed the tab either. Another concern is that when one tab has a problem processing a request, your browser will likely crash and take all of your other tabs with it if you’re not careful!

Its almost been a week now since Google’s new Chrome browser has been released to the public and from what I’ve been seeing, the response has been overwhelmingly good. While its too soon to tell how much adoption the new browser will have especially to your average web user, if this past week is any indication of this then we may have one serious contender on our hands.

The idea behind the new browser was Google’s acknowledgment of how much time we spend online conducting our daily business, whether it be online banking or sending email. Sites are being developed now that are capable of performing much more complex tasks than we would have ever imagined 15 years ago when web browser were first introduced. This realization has given way to finding a better browser architecture capable of dealing with the high demands of sites such as online word processors, airfare booking, maps and many other types rich internet applications.

So I guess the more important question is should you be using Chrome in its current development state? Do you like to jump in feet first and test the waters with a whole new experience? Are you not concerned with bugs, incompatibilities or worse.. potential security holes? Then by all means, this is your browser. Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t trying to imply that there is anything wrong with treading new ground and pushing new technology. For myself though, I’ll be mostly using Chrome as a fun new toy to experiment with rather than migrating over entirely. What I’m really interested in seeing is what will come out of the open source community that is actively working on the browsers core which I believe in time that we will see great things come out of the chromium project which powers Chrome. While there is no certainty that Google Chrome itself will come out on top when its all said and done, but there is no denying that it will be known as the browser that was at the forefront of a new undertaking in how we think about today’s web applications.

Pros:
Introduces a new way of thinking about how browsers work
Innovate way of handling complex websites with V8 JavaScript rendering engine (complied)
The UI is simplistic (the browser should be transparent)
Everything is open source!

Cons:
Google is a company that is best known for it’s services NOT it’s software.
The UI is simplistic (I miss having my firefox plugins at my disposal)
As if web developers need one more browser to test on
Too early to tell its adoption rate

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Upcoming Events for Web Developers


An Event Apart
August 18–19, 2008 San Francisco, CA & October 13–14, 2008 Chicago, IL

Join Eric Meyer, Jeffrey Zeldman and special guests to gain a deeper understanding of web standards and emerging best practices. Be inspired by fresh ideas and new directions. Join the greatest minds and hottest talents in web design today.



The Ajax Experience
September 29 – October 1, 2008 in Boston, MA

The only Web 2.0 development event created by developers, the real experts working in the trenches who have encountered and conquered today’s most pressing pain points. The Ajax Experience is the original and most in-depth rich internet application conference addressing cutting edge topics, from cross-browser compatibility to how to choose the right framework and everything in between. We bring you sessions on performance, scalability, server-side and client-side development, and JavaScript from industry experts who face the same day-to-day challenges as you do. Whether you’re a designer, developer, tester or manager, The Ajax Experience provides you with sessions to take your skills to the next level and enhance your professional development. Guaranteed.



Future of Web Apps
October 8-10, 2008 in London (San Francisco and Miami have also hosted)

The Future of Web Apps showcases the successful web technologies and business trends of the future, delivered by the pioneers of today. Attended by all the major European and US start-ups and industry experts, it’s the best place to learn directly from the developers, designers and entrepreneurs behind the web’s brightest stars in a relaxed and fun environment.



The Future of Web Design
November 3-4, 2008 in New York, NY

Join world-leading web designers in NYC for one day of inspiration, advice and best practice.



(SXSW) South by Southwest Interactive
March 13-17, 2009 in Austin, TX

The SXSW Interactive Festival features five days of exciting panel content and amazing parties. Attracting digital creatives as well as visionary technology entrepreneurs, the event celebrates the best minds and the brightest personalities of emerging technology. Whether you are a hard-core geek, a dedicated content creator, a new media entrepreneur, or just someone who likes being around an extremely creative community, SXSW Interactive is for you!


Mixx 2009
March 18-20, 2009 Las Vagas, NV

MIX is an ongoing conversation between web designers, developers, and business decision makers. We showcase topics and solutions that bridge Microsoft and non-Microsoft perspectives, and emphasize the inclusive and participatory nature of the next web.

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