Microsoft are thieves, and I like it
Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on September 9, 2008
The Internet Explorer team recently posted an article about additions to IE8 that will help Ajax developers – see http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2008/09/09/what-s-new-for-jscript-for-ie8-beta-2.aspx . In it, they describe some of the features of Firebug that they are blatantly copying, including:
- Script profiler, for indentifying performance bottlenecks.
I think it’s great that MS are taking one side of the open source movement to heart – the free sharing of ideas for the benefit of all. This will make developing web application of IE infinitely less painful (i.e. possible).
Now if only they would scratch the back of the open source community, and stop patenting and locking down every good idea to come out of Redmond, just imagine how good things could get!
Of course this is not about to happen (an open source IE?? Um, no). But we can dream.