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Listing Top Browser Debugging Tools For Developers

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Whether you are a programmer or a project manager, “program bugs (errors)” scare you the most. Therefore it is important to catch all those bugs to deliver a smooth running software or program. This process of locating and fixing or bypassing bugs in website program code is known as debugging.

With latest technological advancements the debugging in the browsers has become very easy. Presently all the major browsers have built in developer tools, so here is our list of the best options for your browser of choice.


Firebug (Firefox)

For debugging, editing, and monitoring of any website’s HTML, JavaScript, CSS, DOM in Firefox the Firebug is present. Firebug is a free and open source software. Firefox has one of most advanced JavaScript debuggers available for any browser. Furthermore it provides various other web development tools. Some most amazing conveniences related to Firebug is as follows:

Layout Tweak and position HTML elements with CSS and the Layout panels.

Inspect Pinpoint an element in a webpage with precision and ease.

Profile measure your Javascript performance in the console’s profiler.

Log send messages to the console direct from your webpage through Javascript.

Analyze look at detailed measurements of your site’s network activity.

Debug step-by-step interactive debugging in a visual environment.

Chrome Developer Tools (Chrome)

Chrome Developer Tools is heavily based on the WebKit Web Inspector that comes preinstalled in the Chrome browser. It is a part of the open source WebKit project. For Chrome, it’s the best general-purpose tool for development and debugging purposes.

Internet Explorer Developer Tools (IE)

The Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) and Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) consists of tools that web developers need to proficiently debug their sites directly in Internet Explorer. Developers can debug a site’s CSS, JavaScript and HTML from within Internet Explorer 8 (with developer tools), rather than switching to Internet Explorer or a different development environment.

Safari Developer Tools (Safari)

Safari consists of very powerful set of tools that makes it very convenient to modify and debug. It helps in optimizing a website for topmost performance and compatibility. To access these tools, enable the Develop menu in Safari’s advanced preferences.

Dragonfly (Opera)

The Dragonfly in Opera is a fully-featured debugging environment for Opera Presto-based products that consists of all the tools you need to make your life easier when developing web sites and applications.

Yslow (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera)

This is one another very amazing debugger for browsers like Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera. It very judiciously analyze the web pages and proposes ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages. Some of the important features are enumerated below:

In detail present statistics of the page.

It suggest ways for improving the page’s performance.

Grades web page based on one of three predefined ruleset or a user-defined ruleset;

Summarizes the page’s components.

Provides tools for performance analysis, including Smush.it™ and JSLint.

Activating Debugging Option In Your Browser
Some Quick Tips…

Normally, you can activate debugging in your browser with F12, and select “Console” in the debugger menu. Otherwise you can follow the steps that are enumerated below:

  • Firefox Firebug

Open the browser.

Go to the web page: http://www.getfirebug.com.

Follow the instructions how to: install Firebug.

  • Chrome

Open the browser.

Select tools from the menu.

Choose developer tools from tools.

Finally, select Console.

  • Internet Explorer

Open the browser.

Select tools from the menu.

Then choose developer tools from tools.

Finally, select Console.

  • Safari Develop Menu

In the main menu go to Safari, Preferences, Advanced.

Check “Enable Show Develop menu in menu bar”.

When the new option “Develop” appears in the menu: select “Show Error Console”.

  • Opera

Open the browser.

Go to the webpage: http://dev.opera.com.

Follow the instructions how to: add a Developer Console button to your toolbar.

Your Final Choice
Picking The Best Browser Debugging Tool For You

Now that you have become familiar with the various options available the best debugging tool for you obviously depends on your choice of browser, but luckily now there are plenty of options and you’re not limited to a few browsers for good debugging tools.


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