Ding Dong. The witch is nearly dead

IE's browser share is about to dip below the 30% mark

http://gs.statcounter.com/

Unfortunately is is still holding it's own in N. America @ just under 40%. http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-na-monthly-201112-201212

But IE 9 has been eclipsed by Chrome in N America http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-na-monthly-201112-201212

And why does this matter? IE is an anchor browser and defines the lowest common denominator of what technology you can use client side with out writing conditional code for IE. Even the latest and greatest IE 10 (Win 8 only) still lags behind in HTML5 support.

http://html5test.com/compare/browser/chromecanary/ff17/ie10.html

And IE 8 and 9 still suck ass big time.

http://html5test.com/compare/browser/chrome23/ie08/ie09.html

This said, FF and Chrome's 6 week release cycle and auto update starts to make a LOT of sense. Things are moving FAST and the traditional 18 month release cycle just cannot keep up with the pace of technology on the web.

ONWARD HO!

It seems that I am not alone

FireFox - Just like a disfunctional relationship

I loved firefox at one time. She had everything I wanted and needed, and more, from a browser. She was fast, nimble, extensible, she had and did everything I needed. And I do mean EVERYTHING. She was HOT!!

Then we got married. She put on a lot of weight, she became very sluggish and started to really slow me down. She uses all of my resources and will sit there and do nothing for long periods of time so I cannot do anything else but wait for her.

It is over baby. You are a fat, sluggish, resource hogging glutton that is taking more than you give.

I still love you, but I have to move on. And even though I will be dating your red headed step sister I will still want to see you from time to time so I can use firebug.

Open Source used to be so sexy. What happened to you? Are you becoming like Britteny Spears?

Open Source my ass

Open Source is starting to get on my nerves.

I love open source about 90% of the time. But FF and Eclipse are turning into a bloated sacks of fark that makes MS's worst bloated sack of fark look like notepad.

Let me see.... Right now FF is using 450 megs of ram and Eclipse is @ 358 megs.

A browser using 450 megs of ram? I close out all but one browser window and it is still using 450 megs. Open what? Suck what?

If a site has a flash video (like Youtube), FF pegs the processor of my 3 yr old (1.8 gig P4 - 1.28 gig ram) laptop and grinds it to a farking halt. Unusable.

Flash videos also pegs my 2.8 gig duel processor HP box. Nice.

No wonder I think that OSS zealots are idiots.

"But OSS is FREE!"

So is dirt. Blow me.

Killer FireFox Add-Ons that I use every day.... and so should you.

SessionSaver - Restore you browsers session https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/436/

Session Manager - Restore you browsers session https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2324/

DownThemAll! https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/201/

Tab Mix Plus - Move, close, Lock, protect, insert tabs between other tabs and more. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1122/

GSpace - Use your gmail account for File storage. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1593/

I tested it today and I was able to upload a 288 meg file to it

Web Developer Extensions: A MUST have for web development http://chrispederick.com/work/webdeveloper/

IE tab - For cross browser testing https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1419/

Firebug: The best Firefox extension ever created. EVAR!!!

Firebug http://www.getfirebug.com/ is one of the coolest web development tools I have seen since Web Developer Extension for Mozilla.

From their site (they are too modest):

"Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page. "

So far I have only used it for debugging JS so that is all I am going to comment on.

If you have ever debugged Java Script you know how much of a pain it can be, especially if you're JS is generated on the fly. Debug with IE? Forgidabodit !!!

  • You can walk through a JavaScript and set break points and watches just like in Visual Studio.
  • Quickly find JS errors.
  • You can search for variables and strings right from your browser.
  • You can view attached CSS and JS files, http headers, the referrer page, cookies
...and a slew of other debugging info. Check out the debugging tools!

There is way, way, WAY too much to list here so just do yourself a favor and install it. You will thank me for it.

That's right bitches!! A Free, KICK ASS, Open Source CFML Engine!!

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