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I wanted to see what I was writing about looked like after reading KaiRo’s post about his site. So, I jumped on over to Wordle (which sadly uses Java), and generated this:

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Clearly, I write a lot about Mozilla, and as of late, performance has dominated that topic. It’s funny, because some time this week I was going to write another blog post about performance too…

Side note: It’d be really cool if someone made a WordPress widget that generated this.


  1. What’s wrong about Java? It’s free, open source, and cross-platform. I’d rather every website used Java than the proprietary Adobe Flash… they only need to work a little on the perf, but if every site used it, that would be the top priority.

  2. @David
    I’d rather see it use web standards and be managed by the browser. Java has always appeared as slow and clunky to me, and I’ve yet to see an app prove that image wrong sadly.

    • Simon
    • Posted December 10, 2008 at 14:59 (2:59 pm)
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    Shawn – something could presumably be done using CSS Transforms, but I don’t know how well implemented that spec is yet. I know Firefox and Webkit have both done some work, but I don’t know if any browser actually has it in a released version.

  3. @David: Java’s not too bad (politically speaking), but it delivers programs in binary blobs and has a very stiff and prudish language design. That clashes with the “open for all, tweak everything” approach that makes Javascript such a gorgeous language. (Yes, I said gorgeous…)

    Canvas with text support would probably work best for this kind of thing, but that’s very bleeding edge. Java’s perfectly fine for now.

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