Firebug for Internet Explorer

Nov 2, 2009 ide-and-web-dev-tools
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During the creation of my websites, I develop solely in Firefox. When it comes to testing, I run it through IE tester. One thing that I really miss is my Firebug.

Enter Firebug Lite

Firebug Lite is a stripped down version of Firebug. For the details of the current release, look at the firebug lite features.

For my code, I decided to only include the firebug lite code from their distribution when not in production. This is how I do it in my code:

if (!ENVIRONMENT_LIVE && strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'MSIE') !== false) {
  echo '<script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>';

In this case, whenever the code is not in production and the agent is a version of Internet Explorer, the code is loaded.

Issues with Firebug Lite

Regular Firebug has spoiled me. The lite version has a few issues:

  • The inspect feature is somewhat quirky. Sometimes it clicks links instead of selecting the DOM element. It also has a delay.

  • The CSS view shows the whole entire computed style, not just items you’ve added.

  • You can’t do any inline editing of elements in the DOM tree.

Overall, its a real nice addition to my IE debugging back.

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