Browser Engines… Chromium, V8, Blink? Gecko? WebKit?
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Luckily, Microsoft’s win over the browser wars was short lived and out of the ashes of Netscape’s Navigator came some great alternatives to Internet Explorer that would help make the web better.
Mozilla’s Firefox was the first major competitor to try and dethrone Microsoft’s nearly abandoned browser. Along with Mozilla with their Firefox browser and Gecko engine came Apple with their WebKit engine and Safari, Opera and their browser of the same name with its Presto engine, and eventually Google’s Chrome with first WebKit and then their Blink engine.
Now that Microsoft is switching to using Chromium and V8, and Opera and other alternative browsers have already made the switch, there are only 3 major browser engines in the market. Mozilla’s Gecko and Google’s Blink with Apple’s WebKit a close cousin of Blink.
Why should you care?
- V8 — open source, developed by Google, written in C++
Funny little aside: the HTML <blink> tag was never supported by the Blink engine. You can see why:
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