A few months back the Mozilla Foundation released a new version of their browser called Firefox Developer Edition (FDE). While I’m typically a Chrome/Safari kind of guy, I decided to give the new tool a whirl and you know what? I’m rather impressed with it. I haven’t dug into all of its features, but I’m using it more and more and here’s why.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a screenshot of the browser in action (click on it to get a larger version). Here are all the things that have struck me so far.
- Dark Theme - It sounds petty, but with all the coding I do, I’ve adopted a dark editor theme for all of my coding environments due to the reduced eye fatigue is has been known to provide.
- Speed - Everything seems to load faster through FDE. I’m not exactly sure why. I have about the same amount of plugins enabled as other browsers and from what I’ve seen this is a full fledged Firefox browser, so nothing is left out that way. When things load faster, I can debug faster, and that’s always helpful.
There are still a few drawbacks to FDE (anonymous functions do not seem to be debuggable currently) but overall I’ve been one happy [insert clever and popular nomenclature for coder here] since using it and I’ll probably be sticking with it for a while.
Grab your copy here and let me know if you stumble across any other cool tricks with FDE.