Why Does Firefox 3 Deserve the Hype?

For a while now since December 18th the world was graced with Firefox 3.0 beta 2 release – the possible final release before a Release Candidate (features locked down, stability updates issued) is launched according to the Mozilla Firefox 3.0 schedule.

Beta 2 addresses over 900 memory issues as well as various stability issues within the Gecko core itself with Mozilla migrating over to the 1.9 platform for Firefox 3.0 and the new Mozilla 2.0 platform for Firefox 4.0 and other issues like XSS (Cross Site Scripting) leaks through JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) which is used as a data interchange format.

Also making an appearance is the new highly touted download manager, and the awesome bar AKA the new location bar.

The browser also features a complete backend rewrite for using the SQL engine and garbage collection (software memory usage). Now that Firefox could also support offline applications like the ever popular Google Reader through its own built in functionality or through the usage of Google Gears which has also been in use for ZohoWriter – an online word processor and competitor of Google’s.

Functionality wise, Firefox 3.0 functions and behaves as well as other 2.0 and 1.5 cousins with the added bonus of better RAM usage and built in PDF page printing (currently not implemented in the UI).

For those of you who are hardware conscious about the RAM GB’s, there’s an extension available from Mozilla’s Stuart Parementer “RAMBack” which empties Firefox 3.0’s memory caches both disk and RAM.

Conclusion

After having used Firefox 3.0 solidly for the past 3 weeks I was impressed with the results of the work Mozilla have plagued into the browser. Looking through some of the other features, it’s clear that they have listened to the community regarding the direction of the browser. Features such as an integrated restart function for when new items – extensions/themes are installed and an all in one location bar.

I look forward to seeing the final product when it’s released later on this year.

Posted by Si Howard – Si Is currently studying for a Bachelors in Computer Science and turned to Firefox and Thunderbird after many years as a Netscape user. He maintains a personal blog at devastator.wordpress.com

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