Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

How in God's name did I only just find out about this?

As part of my aforementioned looking into the state of the art in Javascript, I found that one of the pages I was digging through was absolutely insistent that the most important single tool to have is Firebug. So I went and installed that about half an hour ago, and have been playing with it since.

Oh, god -- I think I'm in love. I mean, full-blown, serious techie crush. It is not often that I pay the shareware fee for a package before actually using it for something, but man: this one's a no-brainer.

It's essentially the Web debugger I've always needed. Granted, it mainly works in Firefox, but that's at least half the battle. It appears to do everything I can think of, right out of the box, from Javascript breakpointing to network traffic monitoring to deep DOM inspection, all with a UI that's remarkably clean and easy to use. I've used a lot of the half-assed plugins that are out there, and this makes most of them look like stone knives and bearskins.

Maybe everyone else has already found this, and I'm simply the last to the party, but if not, and you do Web development: go download this. And pay the shareware donation. This is a project well worth supporting...
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