I use firefox for developping webclient frontends. That’s why:
- I can change my css file on the fly and see what happens in browser with EditCSS
- Well the users will most likely use IE instead so make sure to test your desing in IE as well. Wouldn’t it be extremely usefull if I could check this with firefox… check IETab.
- HTML that looks the same in all browsers starts with valid HTML (and ends with IE :-)). So validate your pages with HTMLValidator.
- What color is that, wait I have a colorpicker called ColorZilla.
- You can even measure the dimensions of your elements in pixels (without looking at your source) with MeasureIt.
- And while using firefox make sure to report any relevant bugs with the TalkBack plugin (that’s installed by default I guess).
- Don’t forget performance, well that’s not really frontend but I can check it in my firefox client with FasterFox.
- Linkchecker, what’s in a name?
- The DOM Inspector I don’t really use a lot but I can imagine this being very handy for some people among us (comes with firefox).
note 1 : For the lazy ones there’s also a complete (much more than I need so I don’t use it) plugin at http://chrispederick.com/work/webdeveloper/
note 2 : and I’m not the only one, so check this google result.
note 3 : I can’t access the actual mozilla addons page here so links might be broken, let me know.
Some shortcuts I often use are:
- CTRL + D : bookmark
- CTRL + J : downloads
- CTRL + TAB : travel tabs
- CTRL + T : new tab
- CTRL + N : new window
- CTRL + U : page source
- CTRL + L : addressbar
firefox cheat sheet