Archive for May 12th, 2014

by Tom Nelson

If you read our annual Web Browser Bake-Off, where we test the performance of the most popular Mac web browsers, you may have been slightly disappointed to see that Safari was somewhat of a middling performer, routinely beaten out by others.


Image courtesy of Apple

The main cause of Safari’s disappointing results is its JavaScript engine, which hasn’t seen a major upgrade in a while. InfoWorldis reporting that Apple is working on a JavaScript accelerator project, going by the code name FTLJIT. FTLJIT is a just-in-time compiler that is said to compile JavaScript and allow it to run at nearly the same speed as OS X’s native Objective C.

FTLJIT has already shown up in beta versions of WebKit, Apple’s open source browser engine, but the JavaScript accelerator, while present, isn’t actually enabled.

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