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Arora - Free, Open Source Cross Platform WebKit Browser

Q: Do we need another browser?
A: A little competition in the browser market, even if it is crowded, can't hurt.

Arora - Free, Open Source Cross Platform WebKit Browser

Arora, a free Windows, Mac and Linux cross-platform web browser built on WebKit with built-in support for ad blocking and embeded flash control.

Support: Linux, embedded Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Windows and any other platforms supported by the Qt toolkit.

Description: Arora uses the QtWebKit port of the fully standards-compliant WebKit layout engine. It features fast rendering, powerful JavaScript engine and supports Netscape plugins.It began as a demo by Benjamin Meyer to help test the QtWebKit component.


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20+ Useful Web Ressources to make our Web faster!

while i was searching for the stablest php framework, which could be Kohana, i found useful tools to analyse your page perfomance and make our web faster!

below is a list of popular tools, which can do this. found via google code

Web page analysis

AOL Page Test
Open source tool for measuring and analyzing web page performance using Internet Explorer.
IBM Page Detailer
Graphical tool that assesses web page performance and provides details include the timing, size, and identity of each item in a page.
Microsoft VRTA
Tool that visualizes web page download, identifies areas for performance improvements, and recommends solutions.
MySpace Performance Tracker
Internet Explorer browser plugin that helps improve web page performance by capturing and measuring possible bottlenecks.
Yahoo! YSlow
Firefox/Firebug Add-on that analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance, based on a set of rules for high performance web pages.

Resource optimization

CSS Sprite Generator
Generates a CSS sprite out of a number of images.
Smush It
Online tool that allows you to upload images for lossless compression and optimization. Provides a report of bytes saved and downloads a zip file containing the optimized versions of the files.
Tool that determines background images to sprite, groups and sprites them, and generates resultant modified CSS.
Tool that looks for code quality problems in JavaScript programs.
Filter which removes comments and unnecessary whitespace from JavaScript files.
YUI Compressor
JavaScript minifier designed to yield a higher compression ratio than other tools.

Web debugging

Fiddler 2
Web debugging proxy which logs all HTTP/S traffic between your computer and the Internet. Inspect HTTP/S traffic, set breakpoints, and "fiddle" with incoming or outgoing data.
Firefox Add-on that lets you edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.
HTTP viewer and debugger integrated with IE and Firefox to provide HTTP/S monitoring without leaving the browser window.

Performance benchmarking

Tool for generating HTTP workloads and measuring web server performance, and constructing micro- and macro-level benchmarks.
Provides a personalized Ajax dashboard interface, checks server performance and availability, generates uptime reports, tracks visitors, checks CPU, memory and other systems resources, and alerts when it detects abnormalities.
Open source tool for testing the performance and scalability of web services. It runs HTTP load tests, verifies server responses, and produces reports with metrics.
Performs various tests, including page load benchmarking, web server and web application stress testing, and verifies correct configuration of virtual domains configuration, redirects, and HTTP compression.


Tool for quickly constructing web pages to see how components interact and how behavior differs across browsers, sometimes in unexpected ways. Also lets you share sample pages with others.
Firebug Add-on for measuring the load time of web pages.
Development environment and framework for creating fast, reusable CSS objects and modules.

PHP profiling

Extension for PHP that provides profiling and code coverage analysis, as well as debugging information including stack and function traces, and memory allocation.
XHProf by Facebook
Instrumentation-based hierarchical profiler for PHP.

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Opera Unite: Turns Your Computer into a Web Server

Opera Unite: Turns Your Computer into a Web Server
In other words, your computer (running Opera Unite) is truly part of the fabric of the Web, rather than just interacting with it, and it’s something anyone can use.
social software on the Web, applications that benefit from two or more people being online at the same time. And, with Opera Unite, these people can all connect directly without needing middlemen who control third-party servers.

Taking the Web into our own hands, one computer at a time | download

Opera Unite
Unite API Library

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How can we prevent Flash Local Shared Objects Tracking for all Browsers

good introduction about flash cookies and their local shared objects (.lso) files is given by

to prevent flash cookies from being stored on your computer, you can adjust your own flash preferences by visiting special control panel tool called Macromedia / Adobe - Settings Manager.

so the lso cookies can be completely disabled or allowed for certain domain basis.

Webbased Tool "Settings Manager" from Macromedia / Adobe - The Settings Manager is a special control panel that runs on your local computer but is displayed within and accessed from the Adobe website

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Creative jQuery & CSS Experiments from the Web Playground

Creative jQuery & CSS Experiments from the Web Playground
on noupe we just found excellent javascript and css experiments, which demonstrate us how innovative and beautiful the web will go...

sit back and enjoy some browser candy!
url: 20+ Wicked Proof of Concepts for Better use of jQuery/CSS

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How to Leverage the Power of jQuery to Battle Cross-Browser Differences

DevSnippets has a great article today showing how to leverage the power of jQuery to battle cross-browser differences. Worth a read.

15 jQuery Plugins to Fix and Beautify Browser Issues

via [fortysomething]

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New Opera JavaScript Engine 'Carakan' will boost the Open Web

New Opera JavaScript Engine 'Carakan' will boost the Open Web
Actually i use Opera 10 Alpha for a while, which seems for me to be one of the top ecma-engines, i know. but this should not be enough for the awesome opera devteam:
now they have improved the code execution of their javascript engine so called 'Futhark'(inside Opera 10). the new engine name is 'Carakan' and it should be available in opera 11, imho...

fastest javascript engines on the browsers competition market are:
- V8 - Google Chrome
- SquirrelFish Extreme - Safari
- Tracemonkey - Firefox 3.1 (Shiretoko Alpha)
- Futhark - Opera10 / Presto2.2
*(according: SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark)

via [my.opera]

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