Firefox Quantum

The Register (in its usual somewhat snarky style) has some good news about developments in Firefox [Project Quantum] is not a new web browser. Quantum is Mozilla’s project to build the next-generation web engine for Firefox users, building on the Gecko engine as a solid foundation. Quantum will leverage the fearless concurrency of Rust and […]


The browser keeps evolving to become a more comprehensive platform, operating system. WebAssembly is a new proposed standard bytecode that the major browser-makers are committing to support. It will interop with javascript (I believe) and HTML5 APIs, and is intended as a compile-target for other languages. More information here.

Struggling with the "OWL on Safari" Bug

You can see me scratching my head over on Stack Overflow. I’ve got some kind of answer, not sure if it’s the right one yet. Will keep you posted when it’s in the repository. Update : OK. It’s up on GitHub. Would welcome feedback if it’s now working. (Safari on Mac, IE on Windows, Chrome […]

Why Don't Browsers Let Web-Apps Write To The Local File System?

My Quora question : I mean, I know why. It’s a security thing. But why couldn’t a browser have an API for scripts to read / write the file system and a security feature where the web-app has to ask and be given permission by the user before it runs? (Just as Android apps. have […]


Interesting this new surge of dynamic IDEs. First there was Brett Victor’s awesome demo. Now there’s LightTable (promoted on KickStarter, discussed on Quora) Sporadic thoughts. Is this implemented in the browser? (Bespin? CodeMirror)? Perhaps we’re seeing this explosion of innovation as IDE authors move to the cloud. A Kickstarter project? That’s cool. But motivated by […]