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QuirksBlog

The QuirksBlog is my professional blog in which I write about web development and related topics, and occasionally about my personal life. I'm not really interested in keeping a personal blog, though, so the majority of the entries are about solidly techy stuff.

Stop pushing redux

Permalink | in Web featuritis

My Stop pushing the web forward post got quite a few reactions. It’s time for a redux.

Counting Twitter reactions, it struck me that there were far more people who agreed with me than who disagreed. Sure, this is anecdotal data, but I didn’t expect it — I’d hoped for 50% or so agreement at most. There was disagreement as well — some of it dickish, but most quite polite. (At a certain point I had a sad about the dickishness, but looking back it was not all that bad, just the inevitable consequence of saying something that’s — so far — outside the mainstream of web thought.)

The big pushback against my feature moratorium idea came from Jake Archibald with an assist from Bruce Lawson (who also provides a list of other reactions), while Aaron Gustafson tried to find a middle ground. This response mostly focuses on Jake’s piece.

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Stop pushing the web forward

Permalink | in Web featuritis

Fair warning. You’re going to hate this one. I want to stop pushing the web forward for a while. I want a moratorium on new browser features for about a year or so.

Recently I’ve been having serious doubts about the whole push the web forward thing. Why should we push the web forward? And forward to what, exactly? Do we want the web to be at whatever we push it forward to? You never hear those questions.

Pushing the web forward currently means cramming in more copies of native functionality at breakneck speed — interesting stuff, mind you, but there’s just too much of it.

Quick, name all the new features browsers shipped in 2015! You see? You can’t. That’s the problem.

We get ever more features that become ever more complex and need ever more polyfills and other tools to function — tools that are part of the problem, and not of the solution.

I don’t think this is a particularly good place to push the web forward to. Native apps will always be much better at native than a browser. Instead, we should focus on the web’s strengths: simplicity, URLs and reach.

The innovation machine is running at full speed in the wrong direction. We need a break. We need an opportunity to learn to the features we already have responsibly — without tools! Also, we need the time for a fundamental conversation about where we want to push the web forward to. A year-long moratorium on new features would buy us that time.

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The Chinese Firefox OS fork is all about control

Permalink | in Firefox Mobile

Last week the news broke that Acadine Technologies, a Hong Kong start-up led and peopled by mostly ex-Mozillians, raised venture capital to create H5OS, a Firefox OS fork. I believe the political motivations behind this move have been underreported.

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Elsewhere on the 'Net

The Elsewhere on the 'Net blog contains many links to other interesting web development sites, articles, and resources.

16 March 2010

Opera Browser Standards support chart

19 February 2010

App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)

Touch web browser mega shootout: Surf's up

18 February 2010

Dispatches from the front line - War reporter checks in from smartphone battle zone

2 February 2010

How Internet Explorer 8 document mode affects JavaScript

31 January 2010

The Mobile App Store Landscape 5 years Ai (After the iPhone)

18 January 2010

Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android - Marketplace Comparison

RIM patent app will have you barely browsing the web at incredible speeds

NetFront Browser v4.0

8 January 2010

A Bloodbath for 2010: the Smartphone market preview

6 January 2010

Google's biggest announcement was not a phone, but a URL

5 January 2010

What’s Ahead for the Mobile Web in 2010?

Is there hope for Palm in the 2010 smartphone wars?

8 December 2009

The mobile data apocalypse, and what it means to you

Microsoft, EU Are Said to Modify Deal in Browser Case

See the Elsewhere homepage for older entries.