Making the web more fun with JavaScript…

Many of you, I am sure, have heard about or are currently using Google’s branded web browser called Chrome. Since Chrome’s inception into the browser arena, with the likes of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera, to name a few; Chrome has become a top contender. Chrome launches quickly, is lightning fast, and you can search right from the address bar. I personally use it on my PC, alongside Firefox.

When Google Chrome launched in September 2008, it included a powerful JavaScript engine, called V8, which was built to make the next generation of web applications perform faster in the browser. If you do not know what JavaScript is; it is a very popular scripting language that adds interactive functions and content to web pages. It is widely supported in web browsers such as mentioned earlier.

To showcase how powerful the JavaScript engine V8 is and to encourage developers to find new and fun ways to use JavaScript, Google has a site up called Chrome Experiments.

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Chrome Experiments is a compilation of interactive applications submitted by developers worldwide to demonstrate the power of JavaScript.

For example, recently a new experiment was submitted called Crystal Galaxy which is an experimental 2D space shooter game demo, developed using a pure JavaScript / DHTML game engine. I think you will be amazed of the quality of this game that is played in your web browser.

Crystal Galaxy is just one example of a Chrome Experiment. There are currently (at the time of this posting), approximately 71 experiments available, that are just absolutely fascinating. The experiments range from games, to pieces of art, to interactive applications. If you have not experienced Google Experiments, I encourage you do so. The experiments are good examples of what direction our internet and computer experience is going.

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  1. Rick,

    While JavaScript is a technological wonder, it is also one of the components most often attacked by cybercriminals.

    For example, the latest Adobe problem is caused by an insecure JavaScript component within both Reader and Acrobat. A fix will be available for this on 1/12/10.

    Frequently, we are cautioned to turn off JavaScript in IE (various flavors) due to ANOTHER unsafe component. The last time, as recently as 11/09.

    The NoScript extension for Firefox, has been designed to reduce the risks associated with running JavaScript, and does an excellent job of doing so.

    All things considered, it’s a good thing that Chrome runs in a sandbox mode.

    Bill

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    1. Bill,

      As I was putting this article together, I said to myself, several times… Bill is going to get me on this and bring to our attention how javascript can be vulnerable to attack. You would not be doing your job as a Security expert if you didn’t.

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention AND the “noscript extension” for Firefox.

      Rick

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