The Sad State of HAR

Spring 2017 Update: Some of these issues have been fixed. The HTTP Archive Format (HAR) was designed to allow tools to exchange network traffic using a standard format; this format is akin to Fiddler’s Session Archive Zip format but is supported natively by browser developer tools. Unlike SAZ files, it is not compressed by default,Continue reading “The Sad State of HAR”

Duct Tape and Baling Wire–Cookie Prefixes

Update: Cookie Prefixes are supported by Chrome 49, Opera 36, and Firefox 50. Test page; no status from the Edge team.  A new cookie feature called SameSite Cookies has been shipped by Chrome, Firefox and Edge; it addresses slightly different threats. When I worked on Internet Explorer, we were severely constrained on development resources. WhileContinue reading “Duct Tape and Baling Wire–Cookie Prefixes”

Help–The Whole Web Thinks I’m Using IE7!!!

Every few weeks for the last six or so years, I see someone complain on Twitter or in forums that the entire Internet seems to think they’re running an old version of IE. For instance, an IE11 user on Windows 8.1 might see the following warning on Facebook: These warnings typically occur when the browserContinue reading “Help–The Whole Web Thinks I’m Using IE7!!!”

Developer Advocacy

The Microsoft Edge (nee Internet Explorer) team held one of their “#AskMSEdge chats” on Twitter yesterday. After watching the stream, @MarkXA neatly summarized the chat: The folks over on WindowsCentral built out a larger summary of the tidbits of news that did get answered on the chat, some of which were just pointers to theirContinue reading “Developer Advocacy”

On Defaults

Yesterday, Chris Beard, the CEO of Mozilla, wrote an open letter to Microsoft complaining about Windows 10’s behavior related to default applications. Reactions were all over the board, but in my Twitter feed, at least, they mostly skewed against Mozilla. With the perspective of having been both inside and outside Microsoft, I feel compelled toContinue reading “On Defaults”

Google Search Provider in Microsoft Edge

Back in the IE7 days, I built a simple Search Provider Builder that allowed IE users (and later users of other browsers) to add custom search engines to their browser without any changes to the site. Trivia: This hour-long little prototype soon led to a formal effort to put this tool on the IEAddons site;Continue reading “Google Search Provider in Microsoft Edge”