As noted in a blog post by Don Melton, the lead programmer behind the development of Apple’s Safari browser and WebKit, today marks the twentieth anniversary of Safari and WebKit.
“Safari and WebKit aren’t teenagers anymore. I just want to make note of that,” notes Melton, as he recalls how he arrived at Apple back in 2001 to lead the effort in building a new web browser.
“That was 20 years ago today. Twenty years! Of course, it’s been over nine years since I retired from Apple,” Melton continues. “Obviously, I’m not a teenager anymore either. But I still remember that first day clearly.”
“On June 25, 2001, I arrived at Apple Computer to lead the effort in building a new Web browser. It was also Ken Kocienda’s first day on the job, both at Apple and on that same project with me.
For that reason, Ken and I have always considered our start date to be when Safari and WebKit were born. Not any other position on the calendar. Only June 25, 2001. We were there. We should know.”
Happy birthday to Safari and WebKit.