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Cloud Computing Expo - Why I Like Google Chrome
Using Google's new Web browser - JavaFX developers should like it too
By: Yakov Fain
Sep. 13, 2008 01:10 PM
I like this browser based on Webkit - it's simple and minimalistic, has a small memory footprint, is easy on the CPU, and pretty responsive. Flash player works fine on my Windows XP box. I'm sure, Mac and Linux version will be available soon too (this is what Sergey Brin has to say ). You may not like the fact that it spawns a new process (23-24Kb) for each opened tab though (on the other hand, it allows you to drag the tabs out of the browser).
I like the fact that there is no Applet support out of the box. The fact that IE supports Java 1.1 applets out of the box is pretty much useless for most of the cases. Chrome's Help clearly states that it requires Java 6 update 10. If I'd be running Sun Microsystems, I'd invite Google management for a dinner in a very expensive French restaurant. This should be a very happy day for JavaFX folks too - they couldn't even dream of a browser that is forcing people to install the very latest runtime required by JavaFX! Looking forward to seeing a least one example of the JavaFX application that will automatically detect that my PC doesn't have Java 6 Update 10 and will SEAMLESSLY install it in 10-20 seconds.
All these competitive RIA technologies worth nothing if the penetration of the runtime engine is low. Hence having a mechanism of spreading Java runtime for RIA is great for the Java community.
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