This session talks about the architecture of a typical web application and shows how a series of technologies (and accompanying standards) allow a web transaction to take place. TCP/IP, DNS, HTTP, Web servers and browsers, along with a discussion of server side code and database servers are all explained (some of it at an abstract level).
The second from Glyn Moody contains a potted history of the development of browser technology. His Computer World column is always worth reading.
Perhaps this years most disruptive technology announcement – a way for users stuck in previous versions of Internet Explorer (which seems to be many corporate environments) to seamlessly use a Chrome frame for their browsing experience. The ACID test video seems very impressive.
A larger set of invites will appear later in the year according to various articles.
Slashdot reported that “Ray Ozzie says that Google Wave is ‘anti-Web,’ which seems rather odd, as at least Google have said that it will use standard internet protocols and be open source. Rather like the internet and the web and not at all like Silverlight or the lacklustre IE8.
One way to get users off IE6 is to literally stop access to their favorite web sites unless they upgrade – Youtube has started to run a banner that indicates that time is running out for those stuck on IE6. Interestingly, in a sample study from digg, many of the sample IE 6 users surveyed indicated that they would upgrade, but they couldn’t due to corporate policies or lack of upgrade rights.
Neowin is reporting that Firefox has jumped a couple of points (with IE dropping a few).
Internet Explorer fell from 62.09% to 59.49%, while Firefox rose from 28.75% to 30.33%
Congratulations to FF and the open source world, but what are the reasons why IE is still at 60%?
Microsoft has achieved a lock in the corporate world by binding the use of IE into its Exchange and Back Office infrastructure. Users accessing Outlook through a non Microsoft browser see a very reduced functionality (there is really no reason for this as all modern browsers support xmlhttp like functionality). Seems like a non-standard proprietary lock-in to me.
Of course one of the main reasons people don’t switch is that they don’t even know what a browser is, as demonstrated by the Google team in New York.
IE has made some improvements to get to version 8, including better CSS 2 support, although much of the functionality seems to have borrowed from the other browsers. Any reasonable analysis indicates that innovation is taking place in Chrome, FF or Opera.