For the last five years or so I have been using Firefox religiously for web development. I mean, there is no other browser that gets the job done better or has better tools to gain visibility of what lies under the hood, right? That is what I thought until I gave it a try just recently.
The truth of the matter is that I have been casually using Chrome here and there especially when I was at home or during my off hours. One thing that is quickly evident from using Chrome versus any other browser is that it is faster. Since I am always obsessed with web speed, this is a very attractive offerings. However, up until now, I was never able to find replacements to several Firefox extensions that are on my must-have list for web development.
Since I have a lot of extensions piled up on my Firefox browser, I decided to narrow it down to the most essential must-have extensions for web development. Going through the list, it would be: Firebug, Web Developer, and one of the web speed extensions that provide some visibility on how to make a website respond faster. Well, today I was surprised to find a replacement to all of these and even more. Here they are:
1. Firebug Lite
Yes, Firebug has a version of its web development tool that is now available for Chrome. This is the Firebug Lite. Somewhere I was also able to find a Chrombug extension but I was not clear if this is from the same creators of Firebug and I wasn’t able to find it on the Chrome Extensions and Apps website. Back to Firebug Lite – it is Lite because it lacks 4 main features such as JS debugger, Net Panel, Access to restricted URI resources, and Highlighting HTML changes. Frankly I don’t care about these except the Net Panel – which I use every once in a while. But I can live with it. Plus, a quick test really worked well and it even kept the whole interface the same which is great for me!
2. Web Developer
Well guess what – this was the easiest because the same extension is now offered to Chrome and it looks the same and works the same. It even has the same menu which I programmed in Firefox to be hidden unless I triggered it. With this one I scored because it even works as I need it to.
3. Speed Tracer by Google
Ok, this is not an easy one to find or understand how it works but once you install it and get it to work – the amount of info I would get from it is purely amazing. The specific extension I am referring to is called Speed Tracer by Google. Maybe one day I will review it but for now if you manage to download it and install it (there is a switch you need to turn on when loading Chrome in order for it to work properly) – you will see what I am talking about.
So, overall I think I go to a place where I am comfortable start using Chrome as my main Web Development browser. However, only time will tell as I just discovered these great extensions. I’ll keep you posted as I discover more. What is your main web development browser?