The time has come to compare most popular web browsers developer tools: Internet Explorer 8 Developer Tools, Firefox Firebug (1.4), Safari Web Inspector (r46183) which is similar to Google Chrome Developer Tools and Opera Dragonfly (Alpha 3).
Those are default installed web browsers/extensions with no settings changed. This is a mini comparison which focuses on elements inspection, source modification and overall usage rather than advanced tools. If you find yourself using features such as script debugging, elements loading speed, etc. this review might not be very helpful.
Mozilla has revealed the very first theme mockups for the upcoming Firefox 3.7 version. It should be also noted that it’s just a vision and not the final product.
Some clarifications as from wiki.mozilla.org:
- 1. Embracing Glass: Toolbar and Tabs using Glass. Buttons translucent and slightly glossy to meld with the toolbar. Raised 3D lookachieve tactile “feel”.
- 2. Page Button: Connect the Page button to the left side of the tab area. Directly connected to the Page.
- 3. Tools/Bookmark Bar: Connecting the Tools button to the side of the Window to emphasize the fact that it is used for customizing and changing the UI. Adding a button next to that to toggle the Bookmarks Bar which is turned off by default.
- Microsoft Changes IE8 Default Browser Settings
- US State Dept. workers beg Clinton for Firefox
- Glass-enabled tab bar (Aero) in Opera
- Opera Unite Struggles to Keep up With Its Ambitions
- 3D animations coming to Safari
- Google Chrome Gestures Extension
- DOM flaw can crash many browsers
- Shorten long URLs with thurly
Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks, mabdul and Nox for links.
BetaNews has recently made an interesting discovery (Is Google optimizing Chrome 3 for Windows XP netbooks?). As you might guess from the title, they suspect that Google is optimizing Chrome 3 for Windows XP and not for Windows 7.
Using the most recent v3 release (126.96.36.199), they have published quite strange results. Turns out, XP has gained more than half a point over 188.8.131.52 while same build in Windows 7 RC received a performance loss.
Higher is better
For some more details and reasons behind that, you might want to check the original article.
Thanks to Help for sending this.
Here comes a very nice move from Mozilla which is “Contributions Pilot”. So what is it all about?
Basically, it allows users to say a big thanks to add-on developers by donating money through PayPal system.
Furthermore, Mozilla won’t earn anything from donations leaving everything to hard working developers.
If you would like to find out more about this project (F.A.Q. included), feel free to head over to the accouchement page.
Thanks to Nox for sending this.
Good news, Google Inc. has decided to stop supporting Internet Explorer 6 web browser on YouTube.
The following screenshot was taken by IE6 user
Picture Source: Neowin
As you can see, Google recommends upgrading web browser to Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 8 or Google Chrome.
Speaking of IE6 support, I no longer code for it and neither should you. Otherwise, we may end up supporting it for many years to come as sites works fine with Internet Explorer 6.
Soon enough we will see Firefox 3.5.1 release as Mozilla is working hard to fix the critical security flaw.
Type about:config in the location bar
Via Peacekeeper’s Twitter.