Google launches Chrome Experiments

March 19, 2009 | 14:02

Tags: #actionscript #browser #ecmascript #javascript

Companies: #chrome #google

Google has launched a new site called Chrome Experiments which aims to promote the use of JavaScript – and, incidentally, the popularity of its open-source Chrome web browser.

The site – via CNet – plays hosts to a range of clever JavaScript applications which – surprise surprise – run best in Google's Chrome.

Describing the site, a Google spokesperson said that the company has “reached out to a number of well-known web designers and JavaScript developers” in order to demonstrate just what can be achieved when you have a fast enough JavaScript engine to run your creations on. The site will be constantly updated, too, with the company asking for developers to “build their own experiments and submit them through the site.

Currently showing nineteen examples, including animated beach balls which bounce from one Chrome window to another, a neat fractal tree generator, an applet for 3D image modelling, and a 'small talk' application which pulls weather related comments from Twitter.

The launch of the site comes as Google announces early limited support for Firefox-style browser extensions. As reported over on DownloadSquad, the company has developed a way to create JavaScript applets which can be loaded into the browser in order to modify pages. While you'll need the latest beta of Chrome 2.0 and there isn't really any extension worth installing, it adds a missing dimension that many surfers have been demanding from the browser.

Have the JavaScript experiments on the site tempted you into making the move to Chrome, or are you waiting until proper extension support is added? Is there anything Google is still missing? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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