The great Firefox 2 vs. IE 7 memory test by Scobleizer is a very interesting, if not scientific, comparison between Firefox 2 and IE 7. The test compares the “memory footprint”, the amount of memory consumed between two identical setups.
In Scoble’s test, Firefox wins, as it does with many of those commenting. Some interesting points were brought up, however, which directly affects you, the WordPress user.
This means that users of WordPress and web pages featuring Ajax can become memory victims of poor programming code. As commenter Marcelo Calbucci explained:
The real problem occurs with rich AJAX applications like Sampa that creates and manipulates many objects, IFrames, AJAX calls, etc. On that case, in my tests, Firefox is faster than IE in terms of CPU, but it ends up consuming more memory.
Somebody writing a poor AJAX app can really drain a lot of resources from your browser, either IE or FF. But if the dev is doing a good job cleaning up memory, Firefox memory will most likely be higher than IE.
If you have written WordPress Plugins or any code used on a web page, WordPress Theme or WordPress Administration Panel, take time now to test and check your code to make sure you aren’t one of those drains. Make it better, smaller, and faster, and you will win even more fans.
How Many Tabs Do You Have Open?
Part of the discussion and debate on these Firefox 2 versus IE 7 speed and memory discussions revolves around the issue of how many tabs a typical user has open. Many claim that “nobody” has more than 20-30 tabs or windows open at a time in their Internet browser. I don’t agree.
While the “average” user many have only one or two tabs or windows open at a time, it’s only because they don’t know they can have more than one open at a time. This is new thinking to them. But I believe that most of the folks reading my blog and Scoble’s are web wise and they understand the benefits of multiple open windows and tabs.
On an average day, I will have more than 100 tabs open in Firefox. I do a lot of research on the various projects I work on, and at least 15 of those tabs are never closed as I work those blogs and websites for information. These include two tabs each for blogs I own and manage along with my feed reader and other social bookmarking sites I monitor.
On a heavy research day, it is typical for me to have 200-300 tabs open at one time. It may take one to two weeks before I finally go through all of them and reduce that number back to 100. It depends upon the project I’m writing.
With that kind of work load on my computer, combined with the rest of my programs and work, I have a ton of trouble with RAM from time to time. I work with a lot of RAM and huge hard drives, putting huge demands on my computers, replacing them every year or two in order to take advantage of the higher speeds and larger and faster drives. So I’m very interested in any program that does the work of an Mac truck but is the size of a pin head.
What have been your experiences so far? Remember, Firefox 2 is still in beta testing, so it might even be faster and better by the time the stable version is released.
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