You do NOT have to use Internet Explorer as your web browser.
I know, I know. It’s what came with your computer and it’s already in your littler start menu.
But, it’s a PIECE OF F#@%ING CRAP!!!
Every time we are in hardcore development of a new web site at work, I hear the screams. All over the office. Because, of course – since 95% of the world uses Windows and 95% of Windows uses Internet Explorer… we must make sure our web sites run perfectly in that confounded browser – along with Firefox, Safari and Netscape. Well, those other guys are easy because they actually follow a little something called: PROGRAMMING STANDARDS.
We’ll be moving along, building a web site piece by piece. And since we all use Firefox (because it is a much faster, more secure and more stable browser), we’ll check the site there first. Perfect. It looks good, everything lines up, no weird gaps in the graphics, all the fonts look like they are supposed to.
Then you switch over to IE and BLAM! The thing is all jacked up to hell. I wanted to show you screen caps of what I was talking about but I thought better of it because we do research projects and I could compromise the integrity of the data by having the site out there too early. Doh! But you are going to have to trust me on this one.
I know when the guys are testing in IE simply by the fists slamming on the keyboards and the very loud, very frequent cursing. And when I was trying to get the “My Playlist” thing to work, IE caused my head to feel like it was going to explode into a billion different pieces. I still had to do crappy programming hacks to get it to work – and I hate that.
And then there is just the whole “it looks like garbage” thing. Many of you probably don’t really understand or care just how yucky the screen you are starting at right now actually looks (especially you poor souls not using Macs! How do you stand it? I seriously cringe every single time I look at a PC monitor, but that’s another story for another day)…
But the real issue is giving the finger to that big behemoth Microsoft, who thinks it’s OK to put bloated applications out there that everyone else just has to live with.
So, here’s the link. Go try out Firefox. Let me know what you think.