The history of browsers

Ever since the first rush of dial-up in the mid 90s wherein the www had opened up, Internet Explorer was the “dominant” way to access web. I wouldn’t go deeper into how the web evolved but the essential component to access it through software has seen a massive upsurge with the development of Google Chrome. Most users don’t realise how complex the technologies have become.

I shifted to Netscape and then the first release of Firefox. Subsequently, I stayed loyal to Opera. Briefly, I had to rely on Firefox till, mercifully, Vivaldi came into the picture and has now become the daily driver. Here’s the blurb:

Releasing a browser in the early 90s was almost a rite of passage. There was a useful exercise in downloading the libwww package and opening it up in your text editor.

The web wasn’t all that complicated: there was a bit of code for rendering HTML, and processing HTTP requests from web servers (or other origins, like FTP or Gopher).

Programmers of the web used a browser project as a way of getting familiar with its features. It was kind of like the “Hello World” of the early web.In June of 1993, there were 130 websites in the entire world. There was easily a dozen browsers to chose from. That’s roughly one browser for every ten websites.

Chapter 2: Browsers | CSS-Tricks

Its a fascinating read and a trip down the memory lane.