Firefox 4.1 Beta 1: What's In It for the Developer
Article by George Norman
On 08 Jul 2010
The Mozilla Foundation has recently released the first Beta version of the upcoming Firefox version 4.0. Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 is now available for download – available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, only in English for the time being; but when the final version will be rolled out, it will provide language support for more than 70 languages.

The browser has quite a lot to offer to the regular user – we’ve covered pretty much all the bits and pieces the regular user might be interested in here. The browser has a lot to offer for developers as well. Let’s take a look at the bits and pieces the developer may be interested in:

Advertising

- There’s a new extension management API
- Significant API improvements are available for JS-ctypes, a foreign function interface for extensions
- Partially supported CSS Transitions
- Full WEbGL support (disabled by default in Beta 1)
- Core Animation rendering model for plugins on Mac OS X
- Native support for the HD HTML5 WebM video format
- The Windows version comes with an experimental Direct2D rendering backend (turned off by default)
- Websockets can be used for a low complexity, low latency, bidirectional communications API
- Thanks to the HTML History APIs, devs can update the URL field without reloading the page
- Lazy Frame Construction allows for more responsive page rendering
- There’s a new HTML5 parser
- Added support for more HTML5 form controls
- A super-early snapshot of the new IndexedDB standard for storage
- Add-ons do not require restart to install
- Crash Protection: Even if the Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime or Microsoft Silverlight plugin crashes, the Firefox browser will not crash. The browser will not be affected even when if one of those plugins crashes or freezes.
- The JavaScript engine is much faster

If you would like to get Firefox 4.0 Beta 1, you can download the browser
here.
The regular Beta warnings apply: the browser may crash, it may not function properly, it may “eat your data and burn your house down” as Mozilla Evangelist Christopher Blizzard jokingly said once.



Tags: Mozilla, Firefox 4.0, Firefox 4.0 Beta 1
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
With the blockbuster movie season upon us, Sony decided to celebrate the occasion with a sale: the Attack of the Blockbusters Sale that offers discounts of up to 50% (60% if you’re a PlayStation Plus member) on a ton of PS4 video games.
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
Samsung’s new T5 portable solid-state drive (PSSD) uses the latest 64-layer V-NAND technology, offers between 250GB and 2TB of storage capacity, has a lightweight and shock-resistant design that’s smaller than the average business card, and delivers industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s.
Related News
By George Norman on 14 Aug 2017
Firefox Send works with any modern web browser (not just Mozilla’s own), it lets you safely send files up to 1GB in size, and using it is a fairly simple process, as you can see in this how-to guide.
By George Norman on 24 Jul 2017
As someone who has been using Firefox day-to-day for a very – VERY – long time, I’ve grown to know a lot about Mozilla’s web browser. As such, I thought it a good idea to share part of my knowledge with you and highlight 10 tips & tricks that I’m sure you’ll find very useful.
By George Norman on 02 Aug 2017
Voice Fill uses spoken language to enter queries into search engines. Notes is a built-in notepad that you can use to jot down ideas. And Send lets you send encrypted, self-destructing files over the internet.
By George Norman on 16 Jun 2017
When companies pick an official slogan or motto, they usually go with something they think will impress. Well, these aren't your regular slogans. These are snarky slogans thought up by a cranky a-hole.
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
Firefox 4.1 Beta 1: What's In It for the Developer
HTML Linking Code