Friday, February 27, 2009

Build Firebug Into Firefox

The other day I came to a startling realization: that all of the major web browsers—except Firefox—have Firebug-like developer tools built into them. Specifically, these browsers:

  • Internet Explorer(!) 7 and 8

  • Safari

  • Google Chrome

  • Opera

This is clearly the way things are going. Firebug and similar tools are so critical to developing web apps now that I think the Mozilla Foundation ought to acquire Firebug and build it into Firefox. I'd accept making it an option on installation, defaulted to "off," so that non-developers needn't deal with it.