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A Simple Performance Comparison of HTTPS, SPDY and HTTP/2

 January 16, 2015

Firefox 35 was released this week and became the first browser to enable support for the HTTP/2 protocol by default. The HTTP/2 specification has not been finalised so Firefox actually enabled the Draft 14 version of HTTP/2 but little is expected to change in the final draft. Google is now supporting HTTP/2 draft 14 on its web servers alongside the SPDY protocol giving us a chance to compare the performance of raw HTTPS, SPDY and HTTP/2 on the same web page. We also updated HttpWatch this week so that it supports HTTP/2 within Firefox. It has new columns to display … Continue reading

How many Firefox Versions Should HttpWatch Support?

 December 6, 2012

The Problem Every six weeks a new version of Firefox is released by Mozilla. Unfortunately, binary extensions like HttpWatch need to be recompiled and ship a new DLL for each new release. Currently, HttpWatch supports the following versions of Firefox: 2, 3, 3.5, 3.6, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 There’s 18 different version of Firefox that HttpWatch needs to support and be tested against. Also. every six weeks the HttpWatch installer increases in size, takes longer to install and takes up more space on the target machine. We really need to start … Continue reading

Posted on December 06, 2012 in Firefox,HttpWatch Tags: ,

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HttpWatch 8.5 Supports Firefox 15 and SPDY Version 3

 September 3, 2012

HttpWatch has been updated to support Firefox 15 and add some new features: Supports SPDY Version 3 New SPDY Version column Improved handling of images with transparency High DPI Awareness for Windows 7 SPDY Version 3 is an updated version of the SPDY protocol and includes some performance related changes such as improved header compression. These changes have been included in Firefox 15 but are not enabled by default. To try out SPDY version 3 you need to enable the network.http.spdy.enabled.v3 setting in about:config: There’s also a new SPDY Version column that you can add in HttpWatch 8.5 to show which version … Continue reading

Posted on September 03, 2012 in Firefox,HttpWatch,SPDY Tags: ,,

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