[webkit-dev] On adding 'console.memory' API (and about the whole 'console' object.)

Sam Weinig sam.weinig at gmail.com
Fri Jun 4 12:26:56 PDT 2010

On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 12:02 PM, Ojan Vafai <ojan at chromium.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 11:27 AM, Sam Weinig <sam.weinig at gmail.com> wrote:
>> After talking it over with some folks here at Apple, I want to formally
>> object to adding the Console.memory extension to the Console object and I
>> think we should remove support for Console.profiles as soon as we can.  They
>> both provide information to users that are not generally useful (beyond the
>> "continuous integration/buildbot" use-case which I think is of limited
>> utility) and therefore should not be exposed to the web.
> Why is the continuous integration/buildbot use-case of limited utility? Or
> are you saying that Console.memory doesn't really support that use-case
> well? I think we want to make it as easy as possible for complex apps (e.g.
> email apps, mapping apps, etc.) to care about and monitor memory use.

I am not saying that this API doesn't support the continuous
integration/buildbot use-case, or support it well, I am saying that I don't
think this is a use case we should be supporting in a web facing API.

> While I'm not convinced by the utility argument, I do buy the security
> argument. How would you feel about leaving the code in, but disabling it by
> default? Then it could be enabled by command-line or via a preference.
> That said, I'm OK with rolling back for now given that the code was
> committed without this discussion actually coming to a conclusion.

I would rather we didn't add more #ifdefs.  Instead, this functionality
should be available to native APIs (I believe it already is)

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