[webkit-dev] Is WebKit's javascript subpar?

David Hyatt hyatt at apple.com
Fri May 26 11:40:14 PDT 2006

No nightlies yet, but you can build Spinneret - the test viewer app  
on Win32.


Hopefully we'll get nightlies of Spinneret going soon so that people  
can download it, try it out and report bugs.

(hyatt at apple.com)

On May 26, 2006, at 10:23 AM, Kevin Newman wrote:

> Speaking strictly as a web site/JavaScript developer, I can tell  
> you that it is most difficult to develop in Safari's JS  
> implementation. It does seem to have it's quirks, and they are  
> difficult to debug for two primary reasons. The JavaScript output  
> in Safari 1.3 is terrible, and frequently useless. This problem may  
> have been fixed in later versions of Safari/WebKit, however, that  
> is the second problem. I develop on Windows primarily, and have  
> limited access to Safari and Mac OS X (like many other JS hackers I  
> would imagine).
> My suggestion - if you want more people to use and become familiar  
> with the quirks of Web-Kit's JS runtime, port it to Windows. Then  
> it can be tested more easily by people using that platform - even  
> if it's ugly. It took me a long time to get familiar and  
> comfortable with Mozilla's quirks (yes it has them too), but I was  
> only able to do so, because it runs on my preferred platform  
> (Windows). This would also help me create test cases for bugs that  
> I know exist in Safari, but can't find both the time and the access  
> to a recent enough Mac OS X machine to create.
> BTW, if there is some way to test sites out in Web-Kit on Windows -  
> even if that means VMWare running Linux, I'd be willing to give it  
> a try.
> Thanks,
> Kevin N.
> Abhi Beckert wrote:
>> I've seen several blog posts recently (eg:
>> http://rentzsch.com/code/dashcodeForAjaxAppDevelopment) that boldly
>> state WebKit's "ajax support" is vastly inferior to FireFox. All of
>> them have been very vague and haven't specified exactly where WebKit
>> is lacking, so I thought I'd ask you guys: Is WebKit inferior, or is
>> it just because FF is cross platform/has more users, and the  
>> companies
>> are focusing on FF first, and other engines later?
>> If these claims are unfounded, lets chop them off at the head.
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