What's great and not so great about PWAs

Progressive Web Applications

The Progressives PWAs go beyond what traditional web applications can do. They give users a reliable, secure and always available experience regardless of network connectivity. They also carry a very small footprint and don't need to be installed unlike native ... Read more

IE9 vs Chrome 10 vs Firefox 4 RC vs Opera 11.01 vs Safari 5

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet runs through the standard series of browser benchmarks comparing Microsoft's latest and greatest IE9 to the other major players: Firefox 4 RC, Chrome 10, Safari 5, and Opera 11. Microsoft's hard work on IE9 seems to have paid off with the 32-bit version of the browser winning one of the four benchmarks and being a decent contender in the other three. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the 64-bit version of IE9 which suffers due to the lack of a Just In Time (JIT) script compiler.

How Do Browsers Scale?

Benchmarking browsers is a somewhat silly exercise, since scores cannot be replicated on a variety of hardware, and it is not uncommon for even the same system to fail to replicate benchmarks scores, especially in JavaScript tests in two succeeding runs. The guys over at ConceivablyTech have an interesting approach, running browsers through multiple tests on different sets of hardware (including an Android smartphone), and showing the scaling differences between browsers when you are using a dual-core netbook on the low-end and a six-core desktop on the high-end. They also tested HTML5 on Firefox mobile and found the browser has better HTML5 support than the current Firefox 4 Beta 6.