Using Chrome

It’s taken awhile, but I’m finding myself starting to use Chrome as a browser more and more regularly. Firefox has started to get bloated again. I just don’t see why it seems to take so much memory, if I let it run awhile it tasks close to half of the 4G I’ve got on my macbook. Things start to bog down after a day or two of running and maybe I’m being too demanding, but I just don’t feel that I should have to restart a browser periodically to maintain performance.

There seems to be some healthy competition again in the browser space and Chrome is pulling ahead with the JavaScript performance. I had stuck with Firefox for a long time because it had Firebug, which is probably the single most useful web development tool out there. But now that JavaScript libraries like YUI are getting so much more solid and stable I’m finding that I don’t need to dive in with Firebug as much.

Overall I’m just happy to see that I have a choice. While performance and stability are great, I hope there’s more competition among the browsers as web application platforms and not just web content distribution. There’s still a long way to go in this area.