The New IDE

image I’ve been writing a new web application at work lately, very web 2.0 ish with lots of jQuery & ajax calls being made on every page. After doing some performance testing, it’s very apparent that the various browsers fall into 1 of 3 categories, fast, medium, & slow for how fast they render. Chrome & Safari are seriously blazing fast compared to the rest, so much so, I’ve started to dump Firefox for Chrome as my browser of choice. But one major element is stopping me from being a full time chrome users – Debugging.  That’s right, Firefox isn’t a browser to me anymore, it’s a freaking IDE. Firebug for dom and css inspection/manipulation, JavaScript debugging, packet inspection. YSlow & Hammerhead for performance tuning. Colorzilla for design elements. Web developer toolbar for various odds & ends. Fireshoot for screenshot taking.  Yes, I know Chrome & IE ship with dom/css inspection but they don’t measure up to Firebug yet.  Until Chrome can catch up with these plugins, Firefox is still the default browser.

Chrome, Safari
IE 8, Firefox 3.5
IE 7

Written by Tim on July 28th, 2009 with 5 comments.
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#1. August 17th, 2009, at 5:54 AM.

While I like your use of tables to present data, I think that browser performance is still pretty subjective. Safari beachballs from time to time, Firefox can often compete with Safari and Chrome if it’s not weighed down by extensions, and if you’re like me, you probably don’t use IE enough to see when it’s performing well.

I have yet to be convinced by the author of a performance comparison that any of them are comprehensive. So, in the meantime, I’m going to settle for pointing out specific things that are faster in one browser than another rather than trying to compare their overall performance, because that leads to the kind of religious arguments people often have with programming languages.

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