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January 2, 2011
Google's Chrome comes out of beta
December 12, 2008
In an apparent bid to break their own track record, Google has released their Chrome browser from beta status, shipping it as an official 1.0 product. You can download it here. At the moment, this browser only works on Windows, though Google is working on Mac and Linux versions.
Google announces Chrome browser
September 10, 2008
August 20, 2008
The committee has resolved in favor of these tasks and conclusions:
- Focus work on ES3.1 with full collaboration of all parties, and target two interoperable implementations by early next year.
- Collaborate on the next step beyond ES3.1, which will include syntactic extensions but which will be more modest than ES4 in both semantic and syntactic innovation.
- Some ES4 proposals have been deemed unsound for the Web, and are off the table for good: packages, namespaces and early binding. This conclusion is key to Harmony.
- Other goals and ideas from ES4 are being rephrased to keep consensus in the committee; these include a notion of classes based on existing ES3 concepts combined with proposed ES3.1 extensions.
Because of the positive way the meeting turned out, they named the new specification "Harmony."
Webkit gets SquirrelFish
June, 3, 2008
June 2, 2008
SquirrelFish is a register-based, direct-threaded, high-level bytecode engine, with a sliding register window calling convention. It lazily generates bytecodes from a syntax tree, using a simple one-pass compiler with built-in copy propagation.
According to the Webkit team, they are happy with the improvements, but believe there is still room for improvements. You can download the latest nightly build of Webkit for your preferred platform from Webkit Downloads
Webkit announces gradients, masks and reflections, oh my!
April 29, 200
Do these guys ever sleep? The Webkit team recently added support for CSS-based gradients. These are applied as background properties. They also add support for masks, which and use a png is alpha transparency, or a CSS-based gradient. They also add support for reflections, which can also use a CSS gradient. All together these give designers and developers the ability to create incredible user interfaces that are light and fast at loading because they don't require extensive use of images. A graphical Web without gifs and pngs, imagine that. Read more about gradients, masks and reflections.
Webkit and Opera pass the Acid 3 test
March 22, 2008
After a great deal of work, the Webkit team was able to successfully pass the Acid 3 test. At the same time, literally neck and neck, the Opera team accomplished the same feat. Now just Firefox and IE are lacking. Recently IE8 passed the Acid 2 test, but the Firefox team has said they are not interested in expending energy to pass the Acid 2 test, so it is improbable they will give much importance to the Acid 3 test. Since the Acid 3 test relies in part on proper rendering of SVG, it is unlikely that IE will ever be able to pass it. IE does not support SVG and now Microsoft has put all their focus into their Silverlight platform, so I don't see them putting resources into implementing SVG in IE. You can learn more about the Acid 3 test here.
IE8 beta available
March 5, 2008
Webkit gets animation and more
October 31, 2007
Ramayana Launched Online!
Sunday, December 2, 2006
Today I launched a subdomain for a translation project of the ancient Indian classic epic "Ramayana." I spent six years working on the translation. Then a couple of years editing the English. This translation is the only complete, unabridged version of the Valmiki Ramayana in English. The University of Berkeley also finished a translation project of the Valmiki Ramayana as I did, but there was a big difference. They chose to exclude passages that they considered interpolations. The result was as much as a third of the text was left out. I decided to take a different route and present the entire text and let the reader decide for themselves. Besides, this was more about presenting the Ramayana as the people of Ancient and Mideaval India perceived and understood it. Over the next couple of weeks I'll be hooking up a search feature and bookmark feature to it as well. Read on and enjoy.
NOTE: No tables were harmed in the creation of this site.
Updated: Sunday January 02, 2011