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Chrome – Holding Steady

Sunday, September 21st, 2008 | Business | No Comments

I had posted earlier that I had setup Google’s new Chrome browser.

Now it’s been at least a week that I’ve been using it and I wanted to post some comments.

First of all, I don’t consider a “beta” browser.  I know whenever I test out a new browser it feels like it’s almost unusable for a period of time.  It’s been getting much better since the IE4 days, but there’s still always a sense of “this isn’t ready yet”.

Being a web developer, I dread new browsers because … thats just one more environment you have to test in.  

With this browser, I feel like it is already a final product.  Already I’m excited about the integration of “Gears”, the slim application like interface when you “Create application shortcut”, how fast it seems to run, and the possibilities it introduces for Javascript and AJAX online.

Some minor issues I would, however, like to raise are:

  • I had a tab freeze, and the other tab froze as well — I had thought each tab was supposed to be entirely independent from one another in processor space and prevent this.  Maybe I’m misunderstood?
  • It seems the great “V8” team that Google had put together is in competition with SquirrelFish Extreme in terms of pure performance.  Needless to say, I’m no expert in this, and it’s probably one of those benchmarks that highly favors a browser, or isn’t indicative of the complete functionality of an engine.
  •  This is entirely a subjective point, but I don’t like the way the Taskbar icons look.  I know I’m tuned into Firefox and IE’s icons for the web, but I always get confused with the 3 colors in the Chrome taskbar icons.  
  • Whos’ taking advantage of the new functionality the most?  I remember years ago seeing links to who was taking advantage to IE4’s new capabilities, does anyone have a list of site’s that are built to embrace Chrome?  (maybe an idea for a future project)
Overall I’m impressed with the new browser.  It feels clean.
Chrome is slowly becoming my browser of choice.  
I know lots of early adopters tried and switched back (check out this interesting review of Chrome adoption and usage at Arstechnica, it is useful information).

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No more javascript mouseovers? CSS can do it!

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 | Business | 2 Comments

I grew up in the early HTML world with Tables, Font tags, and transparent pixels.  As such, doing mouseovers always required a basic javascript function to preload the images, and swap on a mouse over.

That still works, code doesn’t look too great, but it works.

On the flip side we now have the option to use CSS to handle all mouse overs. Yes, the simple A:hover style can be very effective in enabling things like this.

Simply setting the indent of the text (since there will be placer text will remove that pesky text from view).

Your new mouseover link image looks like this:

<div class="goButton"><a href="somelink.html">Go</a></div>

And your CSS can now just have:

.goButton a {background:url(images/someGoButton.gif) top left no-repeat;display:block;height:20px;width:20px;}
.goButton a:hover {background:url(images/someGoButtonOver.gif) top left no-repeat;}

Easy solution, and it allows faster code execution, more friendly when viewed in a basic text only browser (with no CSS / images downloaded or applied, it just says “go” instead).

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