Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 21:36 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Internet & Networking Now this is a subject sure to cause some discussion among all of you. LifeHacker's Adam Pash is arguing that Chrome has overtaken Firefox as the browser of choice for what he calls 'power users'; polls among LifeHacker's readership indeed seem to confirm just that. He also gives a number of reasons as to why this is the case.
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javascript speed
by smitty on Fri 24th Sep 2010 07:42 UTC
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You have to remember that the faster a browser gets, the harder it is to keep improving. V8 is getting closer and closer to running at native speed, and every millisecond they improve is an accomplishment. Meanwhile, Firefox is adding a whole new compiler they didn't have before, so massive improvements are to be expected. They're also cherry-picking code from both V8 and Webkit to improve their performance where it makes sense. For example, they ported over YARR (Webkit's regular expression engine) for FF4.

That said, there's no way FF4 is going to be faster than Chrome when it comes out. It should be about on par with Webkit, which is plenty competitive. V8 will maintain a lead.

Edited 2010-09-24 07:43 UTC

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