Recently I read a great an eye catching article 20 Instant Upgrades to Make Chrome Better than Firefox. I've been using Chrome a fair bit recently - it certainly loads faster than Firefox, even though I've been advised that's because of all the Firefox add-ins I've applied. In some ways I beg to differ - I have a VMware instance with only Firebug added, and Chrome still anecdotally performs better.
As a database developer when it comes to Application Express, Chrome seems snappier and more responsive. I thought I'd mention a few things about this article that stood out for me when it comes to Apex.
I like to provide people options to search through Oracle Documentation, and here is another new trick.
Under the search options you can add a search engine.
An example URL might be:
Then when searching within the "Omnibar", you can type "oracle", press tab, and all search results will be pertinent to Oracle 10gR2.
site:search keyword in Google Search to form your URL.
Stats for Nerds
Shift-Escape brings up this little task manager, and the "Stats for Nerds" link give you even more information.
Firebug for Chrome
Don't even need to worry about installing an add-on. Just right click on your page and select "Inspect Element". A wealth of options will now appear before you, allowing you to edit your web-pages on the fly - a necessity for many Apex developers.
Xmarks has been a great find for me, and while this feature isn't necessarily Apex specific, I find it very handy in my line of work. For quite a while, Xmarks wasn't available for Chrome, but given a Google account, Chrome will synchronise for you.
Shrink your tabs
IE Tab Add-on
For those pages that only work properly with Internet Explorer. Sigh.
Split Page View
The article mentions a URL that enables split screen viewing within your browser, which would be great for comparisons within Apex. It's just a shame these browsers don't do this inherently.
The article mentions one website, portableapps.com, but I know there's quite a few out there that provide the ability.
Something the article doesn't mention, but I'm sure many Apex developers will appreciate, the ability to resize text areas - out of the Chromium box - no need to worry about the ApexLib extension.
Chrome has come a long way since its early days. I do appreciate the fact we now have many major browsers affecting the market place and development community, in addition to some minor browsers targeting niche areas - Stainless should be good for those Mac users who'd like to operate multiple tabs with different crudentials - another Apex developer desire.
I know I'll continue to use Chrome for my Apex builder session.