Google Chrome Sucks Big Time

HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript

The Fine Art of Web Development by Martin Ivanov

Yesterday I downloaded the highly promoted, long-awaited, great and rock-solid browser Google Chrome. Full of expectations, I installed it and gave it a try. And in about half an hour I removed it from my machine with an expression of ironical condescension.

Because it sucks big time.

As a matter of fact, in my opinion, the only other browser that sucked that much was Opera 5 some 6-7 years ago.

I’m not sure what was the brilliant idea of taking WebKit and making a “new” browser out of it. The funny thing is that Google used to promote FireFox once, and logically they should have used Gecko as a base for Chrome. But that’s not all, and the above are probably the most insignificant reasons for me gaving up the idea of using it (both as a user and a developer). There is a lot more, here we go:

1. No ad-blocker. WTF? Why?
2. No built-in Google bookmarks
3. Crashing on a regular basis, even on ordinary and simple websites
4. Although extremely fast, its JavaScript engine does not support basic methods (for example overriding properties). A colleague of mine shared the opinion that they must have “forgotten” to implement these just because they could slow down the performance.
5. No proxy option
6. Terrible design and UX
7. No built-in GMail
8. No add-ons, just a bizarre, old-fashioned JavaScript debugger and DOM-viewer. Even Venkman JavaScript debugger is far better than this oddity.

Especially for the users that do not read the Terms of Service of the software they install, please, read carefully the following lines and see how Google “cares” about our privacy:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

A lousy marketing trick? An attempt for trend-setting (“I use Google search, so I should use Chrome as well)? What is the next step? Google will force their search engine users to install Chrome for the ultimate experience on the Web? No, thanks.

It is a well-known fact that new major browser versions are sometimes poorer than their earlier releases. FireFox 3 is a great example of this. But Chrome Beta (I hope it remains beta until they drop it) gives hell to users and developers with its very first version.

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