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Stack-Overflow and Out-of-Memory in JavaScript

Just to get it out on the Interwebz - how contemporary browsers behave when hitting two of the limits of the script execution environment: stack overflow Sample: function a() { return a() + 1; } a(); IE9: Error, message: ' Out of stack space ' Firefox 4: InternalError, message: ' too much recursion ' Safari 5: RangeError, message ' Maximum call stack size exceeded ' Chrome 10: RangeError, message: ' Maximum call stack size exceeded ', type: ' stack_overflow ' Opera 11: Error, message: ' Maximum recursion depth exceeded ' out-of-memory Sample: var s = 'x'; while(true) { s = s + s; } IE9: Error, message: ' Out of memory ' Firefox 4: InternalError, message ' allocation size overflow ' Safari 5: Error, message: ' Out of memory ' Chrome 10: sad browser tab - not catchable (?) Opera 11: my box ground to a crawl for several minutes; I ended up killing the process Note that this could also indicate tha