Finally HTML5 goodness for the real world

Firefox 3.1b3 has arrived and it’s stuffed with a ton of new web technologies. Most of the stuff comes from the WhatWG working drafts, which should mean that major browser vendors (Mozilla, Microsoft, Opera, Apple and Google) are aware of the specifications and will incorporate them at some point.

I love this release of Firefox because it is really a giant step forward for web developers, stuff like web workers (a simple threading scheme for web applications), cross site XMLHttpRequest via access control in the server, native JSON support (really fast!), Drag-n-Drop events and Offline persistance.

Together with the inclusion by default of the TraceMonkey javascript engine, these features put Firefox again as the ultimate web development platform.