If you are a Web Developer, you already know the power that Firefox extensions can wield, and especially so for web development and design.
Here is a list of the best Firefox add-ons (or plugins depending on what term you prefer) for Web development. Don't worry, if you are a web designer, we have a whole list of extensions for you as well, and of course, since there is a fair amount of overlap between the two fields, both groups of you will want to read both articles.
1a. Firebug even has its own 'extensions' and there are few important ones you should not ignore. First up is Codeburner which is a built-in HTML and CSS reference dictionary. There is also a standalone version if you'd prefer that.
1b. <strong>Page Speed</strong> by Google is a plugin for Firebug that analyzes the performance of a web page, especially its loading time and makes suggestions on how to improve it.
1c. <strong>YSlow</strong> by Yahoo! is a related plugin, also for Firebug, that analyzes a web page and also makes suggestions based on a set of rules for high performance web pages. YSlow hands out grades (A, B, C, etc) for each of the criteria it analyzes.
2. <strong>LiveHTTPHeaders</strong> shows you the data that your browser first sees from the web server, and is simply easier than doing it from the command line. An alternative plugin is HTTPfox.
4. Poster has an ambiguous name, but is a tool for interacting with web services where you have to make HTTP requests and submit forms, etc. without having to have a fully-baked and live app to start with. You can do things like set the content-type, enter dummy data and of course see the results.
5. <strong>ServerSwitcher</strong> - if you're working on both live production and development sites, this is a great way to do it without having to use a different browser and/or keep restarting Firefox.
There are literally dozens more add-ons/extensions for web development in Firefox, but this list would give you a very solid foundation on which to build. You can explore the list of web development add-ons at Mozilla's website.
<strong>Khalid Hosein</strong> is a blogger, tech geek and entrepreneur who runs gadget blog Gizmos for Geeks, where you can find the latest in gadget and technology news, insights, howtos and much more. He also runs Untethered Dreams, a blog that discusses the ins and outs of blogging, running websites, monetization, advertising, affiliate marketing, automation, outsourcing, promotion, and SEO. Visit both sites for free newsletters with members-only information.
Khalid Hosein is a blogger, tech geek and entrepreneur who runs <a href="http://www.gizmosforgeeks.com/">gadget blog</a> Gizmos for Geeks, where you can find the latest in gadget and technology news, insights, howtos and much more. Also check out our article on the Best Firefox Add-Ons for Web Development.
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