Firefox Extension: Firebug gets even better

Published December 5th, 2006

I’ve gushed about Firebug before but I’ve just been tipped off to a new (beta) version (and a new web site) and I thought it was about time I gushed some more.

If you’re a web developer and you don’t have this extension installed, then you deserve a slap about the face. Firebug has so many useful features I could rant on for ages, but here are the highlights:

  • Error console (which can be addressed directly from JavaScript)
  • Inspect and edit HTML and CSS inline
  • JavaScript inspector, debugger and profiler
  • JavaScript command line
  • DOM Explorer
  • Monitoring and debugging of requests and responses using XMLHTTPRequest
  • File sizes and timings display

I really can’t say enough good things about this extension, and this latest version is a massive improvement over previous releases.

Get it.

UPDATE: check out this interesting article exploring just some of Firebug’s features.

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  1. Phantom on December 6, 2006

    The ability to monitor HTTPRequests has been fantastic so far. You have to love it for that feature alone!

  2. Stickman on December 6, 2006

    As it happens, that’s one feature of Firebug that I don’t use so much — but only because I’ve got used to using Fiddler (and more recently, Burp) for that sort of thing. Having said that, the improvements in the new version of Firebug make it far more useable so I might well find that I don’t need them any more.

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