The latest TestShell builds can be found here: http://securityandthe.net/wp-content/uploads/chromium_mac/.
The most up to date build at the time of this posting was 17-Jan-09, available by clicking here.
Although due to the huge dearth of functionality to which nearly every user of finished Web browsers are accustomed to, TestShell is absolutely not a replacement for such production browsers.
However, it does deliver absolutely incredible levels of speed and is even surprisingly stable….though given its very early state of beta testing and highly developmental nature, some crashes are to be expected and quite simply come with the territory.
If you’re willing to deal with the (minor) hassles, keeping abreast of the latest Chrome TestShell builds will not only help the developers at Google….it will also, through changes sent back upstream to the Webkit project, aid in the ongoing developement of Safari — so everybody wins.
We’ve been playing with TestShell.app since the very first build, and simply can’t overstate how impressed we have been with it.
Not only are the modified Webcore and V8 incredibly fast as well as remarkably stable for such early builds of Chrome’s core engine, but we have been nothing less than amazed by how well it supports the latest Web standards and dynamic AJAX/Web 2.0 style sites.
Of course, being based on Webkit, the standards compliance and stability are to be expected — that’s one of the many reasons why Google chose it as the basis for Chrome over alternatives such as Mozilla Firefox in the first place….and why Apple, before them, initially chose the original Konqueror KHTML engine as the basis of Safari/Webkit.
These have been industry-leading technologies from day one; that’s no surprise at this point. What’s really surprising to us is just how much further Google has been able to take Chrome in such a short time; and from what we’ve been told by the people at Apple, Google, and the open source WebKit community…..the best is yet to come!
Already using Chrome TestShell, or have an experience with it you’d like to share? Send us your comments here on the web site or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org!