Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Google offering new browser benchmark test suite for WebApps

RoboHornet goes beyond JavaScript benchmarks to test other Web application components

Article comments

Recognising that developers are working with an increasing number of browser technologies to build their Web applications, Google engineers, along with contributors from other companies, have posted a new test suite for browsers.

RoboHornet, posted as an alpha-stage Internet service late Monday, tests how quickly a browser can execute the components that are increasingly used in complex Web applications, including HTML5 associated technologies such as the Canvas tag, SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and the localStorage browser-side storage mechanism.

"RoboHornet isn't like other benchmarks because it encompasses all aspects of browser performance and everything that matters to Web developers, like performance of layout and localStorage," said Alex Komoroske, who is the Google project manager for RoboHornet.

Microsoft, Facebook and Tilde, among others, have also provided development help for the project. RoboHornet's keepers hope that, with this benchmark in place, browser makers will concentrate on improving the performance and eliminating the bottlenecks that the test suite highlights.

Although RoboHornet has a number of tests for JavaScript, the developers aimed to test a broader array of technologies than just JavaScript, given the number of JavaScript testers that are already available, such as SunSpider.

As a result, "The RoboHornet Suite now better represents the web app developer communities' biggest priorities for performance," wrote Google project contributor Paul Irish in a blog post.For instance, the suite benchmarks how quickly a browser can render tables, carry out mathematical operations, and make sense of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and the Web page's DOM (Document Object Model).

"As a general rule, it is rare to have benchmarks that all major players agree on, so if indeed this effort is supported by folks like Microsoft and Google then it is an opportunity to move the Web forward," wrote IDC applications development software analyst Al Hilwa, in an email message discussing RoboHornet.

The RoboHornet developers do face additional challenges, Hilwa cautioned, such as working with mobile devices and getting more parties on board, most notably Apple.

"Generally speaking if a browser test takes hold in the industry it does more than measure performance, it tends to unify the behavior of different browsers and ultimately begins to dictate how various ambiguities in the specification of Web standards are interpreted," Hilwa wrote.

The project developers have posted the RoboHornet code on GitHub and are looking for additional contributors.



Share:

More from Techworld

More relevant IT news

Comments



Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *