Exciting week for a techie like me

Chrome is dominating the news this week in many ways with the announcement of release dates for Chrome OS, a new version of the Chrome Browser and Chromedeck which is a new Web App from the brand new Web Store. Lots to play with over the Christmas period as often is the case.

I’ve had the chance to upgrade my Chrome installation and it certainly is faster and will be exciting to see how this improves some of the development work that I am doing at the moment which makes heavy use of Javascript. In fact more and more sites do nowadays with the popularity of JQuery becoming a pivotal element in most modern websites. So it’s welcome news to hear that V8 the Chrome Javascript engine has been refactored to run twice as fast. Great news for developers and users alike. Will be interesting to see how benchmark tests compare for IE, Firefox, Safari et al as they all raise the bar to compete with eachother.
Another interesting development in the Chrome camp, is the Web Store from where today I grabbed Chromedeck. We have already become familiar with Chrome’s ability to run web applications in their own tab/window which can be saved as a shortcut on your desktop or for Windows 7 users, a pinned tab in the bar. A feature I use a lot to get to Gmail quickly for example. Well now you can go to the new Web Store where you can install apps for free or in some cases for a charge. Will this open up a whole new market for developers and software companies? We shall wait and see. 
Chromedeck is the app I have been long waiting for, as now Tweetdeck runs from within your browser and strongly resembles my favourite implementation of Tweetdeck so far, the Android version. I love the fact that I can view my Twitter, Buzz and Facebook updates from a single feed. I am no fan of Air applications if I am being totally honest, so to see this great product in Chrome, is fantastic.

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  1. Interesting, I make use of JQuery a lot- there are some amazing plugins out there using the framework. I didn’t know about the latest V8 enhancements to adorn the new Chrome. Up until now I have always loved Safari for just being the most amazing browser in so many ways, particularly for the way it handles resizing images and the smooth execution of javascript animations plus of course full CSS 3 support. I think I need to give Chrome another test drive and as you say it will be interesting to observe the other browser’s response to latest advances.

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