Excellent tool - Firefox Web Developer Toolbar

adriantoll

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This is something that I found recently, which I haven't seen mentioned anywhere, so I thought I'd pass it on.

It installs a toolbar in Firefox which allows you to disable a huge variety of things including disable JavaScript and stylesheets, resize the screen to user-defined screen sizes, make frames resizable, disable cookies, validate pages, put outlines round images, see image file sizes, view generated page source (i.e. after all javascript such as document.write has executed) and loads more. I've found it indispensable over the last month or two.

http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/
 

adriantoll

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Firebug does look useful, definitely, but I'd say they were each better at different things - the developer toolbar really helps with accessibility issues (no CSS, javascript disabled, small screen sizes etc.) whereas Firebug looks better for debugging JavaScript etc.
 

radiantm3

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Firebug does look useful, definitely, but I'd say they were each better at different things - the developer toolbar really helps with accessibility issues (no CSS, javascript disabled, small screen sizes etc.) whereas Firebug looks better for debugging JavaScript etc.
Firebug is good for debugging javacript, but even better for working with css. If I had to choose between webdeveloper and firebug, it would be firebug hands down.
 

stndn

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Too bad Firebug doesn't work with SeaMonkey, which I prefer rather than FF+TB combo.

(Well, there is a 'light' version of firebug available for SM, but that's just a different thing)

To me, Web Developer Extension (WDE) and Firebug (FB) seems to be two different things. FB looks like it's more useful for debugging, while WDE seems to be more powerful in testing using different environments (JavaScript disabled, CSS disabled, changing window sizes, etc).

Having said that, I found myself using Web Developer Extension more often, in addition to HTML Validator. Those two are useful especially when developing websites.


-stndn.
 

angelneo

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Firebug works well with debugging remote calls in flash as well, you can track the data coming back and forth though it.