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Chrome is just another browser

Hands up if you missed the Chrome release -- didn't think anyone did. Google's browser arrived with all the fanfare and hype that only Google can produce.

Hands up if you missed the Chrome release — didn't think anyone did.

Google's browser arrived with all the fanfare and hype that only Google can produce. The words that will stick out in my mind from the launch are that their javascript interpreter is an "order of magnitude" faster than anything else on the market.

For the Builder AU audience that statement should immediately ring alarm bells. Either Google have managed to speed up the interpreter in ways the entire industry has missed for decades or they are full of it.

It turned out to be the later.

We ran some tests that afternoon to check this "order of magnitude" claim, and while Chrome was generally faster, it was not an order's difference and it did not win every test.

The Firefox guys responded with their stats the following day.

Once again, this is further proof to never trust a vendor's claims, especially on their own benchmarks, which Google heavily skewed in favour of Chrome.

Chrome is just another browser, nothing more. For every advance that Google will make on Chrome, the other browsers will match it. It's competition at work — for once.

In news closer to home, the ongoing battle between IBM and its workers has moved from boiling to simmering. With the intended strike action being called off this week.

One of the men behind UML, Ivar Jacobson, told us that he finds developers too fashionable. In the video interview, Jacobson discussed his thoughts on Aspect Oreientated Programming, how UML is broken, and what he sees as the future of software development practices.

On the blogs front this week: Renai LeMay took a look at a Melbourne based start-up that has taken a new approach to recruiting, and Adrian Bridgwater asked whether software development is international or not.

Fans of British actors with birthday cakes, will be pleased to see a video with Stephen Fry celebrating GNU's 25th birthday.

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