Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 22:27 UTC
Google It's apparently browser engine day today. After Mozilla and Samsung announcing Servo, Google has just announced it's forking WebKit into Blink. Like WebKit, Blink will be open source, and it will also be used by other browser makers - most prominently, Opera has already announced it's not using WebKit, but Blink. Update: Courtesy of MacRumors, this graph illustrates how just how much Google contributed to WebKit. Much more than I thought. Also, Chrome developer Alex Russell: "To make a better platform faster, you must be able to iterate faster. Steps away from that are steps away from a better platform. Today's WebKit defeats that imperative in ways large and small. It's not anybody's fault, but it does need to change. And changing it will allow us to iterate faster, working through the annealing process that takes a good idea from drawing board to API to refined feature."
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RE: Competition is great!
by skeezix on Thu 4th Apr 2013 15:36 UTC in reply to "Competition is great!"
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Yes, competition is great. As a web developer, this doesn't make my work terribly harder -- in fact, I embrace it because it gives me more permission to develop to standards and let the browsers do what they will. Of course, I still have to test on each platform and tackle minor show-stopper bugs, and that takes time. But the more rendering engines there are out there, the stronger the argument for standards-plus-progressive-enhancement becomes.

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