Google Chrome makes GWT apps Zoom!

September 5, 2008

When I first heard about Google Chrome my reaction was “Huh?  Another browser to support?”  However, now that the browser has been released I’ve realized why they bothered.  It’s simply the fastest and best looking browser for Windows right now.  I love the look of it, but even more so I love the speed of it!

I am the developer and user of online accounting software for small businesses written using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT).  When I tried our software in Chrome out of curiousity I was astounded to see how fast it was – first, it loads regular web pages as fast or faster than Opera, my old favorite browser.  Second, it loads and runs my accounting application much faster than I’ve ever seen before!

I was quite intrigued by this so I went and actually read the comic Google released about Chrome to find out more.  Apparently they contracted a company to write a new javascript JIT engine to run javascript, which they’ve apparently done a great job of!  And, it’s open source.

Hopefully Safari, Firefox, Opera, and (if we’re really lucky) Internet Explorer will take advantage of their Javascript engine so we can all enjoy faster Web 2.0 DHTML applications.