Chrome’s New Gaming Technology{1}


by Abubaker D
My article is talking about Google Chrome’s new features. Apparently, Chrome has announced that some new games would run only in Chrome 14 that uses the browser’s Native Client capability. Google added a new Chrome-only feature that allows the browser to run applications programmed in hardcore languages like C and C++ as opposed to the simpler Javascript web programming language. Programs written in C and C++ are compiled for use only on a specific platform, such as Windows or Mac OS X, so game developers have typically used these for maximum responsiveness and hardware compatibility. A list of game companies acquired the technology saying that it’s more powerful than JavaScript and runs applications faster. These game companies believe that the future of gaming sits with Chrome’s technology, that is Native Client. In the article, they were also presenting other companies that argued that JavaScript is the future and has improved immensely over the past few years. They said that companies shouldn’t return to native code which seems like a backwards step.

I thought this article was related to our class because it’s talking about Web Development and some of its languages. I thought this was helpful for students because it’s important to stay up to date with the new technology and what’s going on with big companies like Google. Students for instance will be able to distinguish which web browser products are better from reading the article for instance.

I found this article to be interesting because it gave me a better view at what Web Development really is and how it might associate other programming languages with it. I never knew C and C++ could be used to support browsers, I only knew JavaScript.

Michael Muchmore (2011). Chrome-Only Games Arrive: Other Browser Makers Cry Foul!. Retrieved from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2397475,00.asp.