Sunday, August 24, 2008

Real time image editing in JavaScript, with Firefox 3.1

"JavaScript? That little glue language written by Netscape to try to glue HTML with Java? What a pathetic excuse of a language! It failed its original mission, couldn't deliver 5% of the features of Java, nor 5% of the performance of Java! It's a semi-Java, a quasi-Java, it's the instant coffee of Java, the decaf version of Java, 1mg only, not enough caffeine."

Young JavaScript programmer playing Scott Evil, "But look, Dad! I'm running a freakin' real time image editing application in a freakin' web browser! With JavaScript!"

Look! Really!

p.s. I know full well that describing JavaScript as a light weight version of Java is completely wrong.

p.p.s. Here's the demo author's blog entry about the demo, with source code. And yes, the demo DID calculate the colors of the image pixel-by-pixel.

p.p.p.s. The demo runs under Opera 9.5 as well, with similar performance to Firefox 3.0. It doesn't work in Safari 3.1. IE (even IE8 beta) doesn't support canvas and has very bad JavaScript performance in general so there's no chance it can work within a few years. Boo, Microsoft.


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