Trying out ANTS Profiler 4

I got an email that ANTS Profile 4 was released, so I downloaded my upgrade and poked around with it this weekend. I haven’t given a good look at the new features list, but the performance improvements are very apparent when profiling. There is still some degradation of your app performance when profiling, but nothing at all like it used to be. I no longer feel like I’m suffering through horrible performance for the sake of finding my issue.

The other big-money change is nice calltree/methodgraph with the shiny “Call Graph” that brings you right to the line of code in the Line-Level Timings view. I love interactive + pretty! Native support to export to PDF and PNG too. This is either a new feature or something that’s just been made much more discoverable, because I would have killed to have this in 3.x when debugging memory issues.

It’s very much worth doling out dollars for.

Google Chrome

Like every other nerd out there, I tried out Google Chrome last night.

The first issue I got bludgeoned with is how many ads are on the internet. Not having Adblock Plus in Chrome (or some comparable ad blocking plug-in) means browsing the web SUCKS.

The second issue is how Chrome sucks at password management. It imported my saved password list from FF3 easily enough and I can see them in Chrome’s password list now, but it does not auto-populate most of the websites I visit (like blogger, for example), so I have to go lookup the username and password for each site each time I visit. Since I make up random passwords for every website and then promptly forget them after registering, this is an epic fail of Chrome for me.

Beyond that, performance was noticeably fast compared to FF3. Refreshing the pages side-by-side in both browsers, FF3 is still zippy but Chrome is definitely faster for the pages I visit at least. It seems pretty light on memory, but I never noticed any issues with FF3 in that department. The “new tab” page with thumbnails, recent bookmarks, etc. is nice.

I LOVE that Chrome actually listens to me when I choose “always open files of this type” after downloading something, where as Firefox just presents me with the “Opening file” dialog with the “Do this automatically” check box already checked for me, but will still not open it until I click “OK”.

Were it not for the punch-the-monkey banners and the password manager failures, I’d probably give Chrome a shot as my default browser for a few weeks.