Finaly! A Developer Tool in IE I Can Use!

Posted: June 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

Hello World,

My choice of browsers has always been Firefox. However as a web developer my clients expect me to deliver solutions that work in the current popular browsers – that includes Firefox and IE. Well, last night I decided to upgrade my “old” IE7 to the latest version – IE8. I did so not expecting what I found next.

Firebug has always been my developer tool of choice but it was only available for Firefox and not IE. Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Firebug Lite has been available for IE for sometime now. However I found that the differences between Firebug (the Firefox extension) and Firebug Lite (a Javascript add-in) are almost like night and day. In addition to that, in order to use Firebug Lite you need to insert a reference to a JavaScript file in your code. Now, with the release of IE8, I can finally see the light of day. IE8 includes a tool called Developer Tools. This is actually an improved and integrated version of the Developer’s Toolkit available as a IE add-on. All of the tools I have become accustomed to in Firebug are now available to me in IE8 – out of the box! Some of the Developer Tools include:

  • Debugging HTML and CSS
  • Debugging JavaScript
  • Profiling
  • Element Outlining
  • Controlling Cache and Cookies
  • Testing in Different Document Modes
  • Testing in Different Resolutions
  • and many more!

If you haven’t upgraded to IE8, visit this Microsoft site and take a look at some of it’s features. I think you’ll be impressed! In case you are not familiar with Firebug visit this site – you won’t be sorry.

“Let’s keep making this world a little better one app at a time”


  1. Russ S. says:

    Also of note, Safari has developer tools that you can enable within the browser preferences. Google Chrome has developer tools built-in: just right click and hit “inspect element”.
    After trying it all, nothing comes close to Firebug. But if you are trying to figure out why something doesn’t work right in IE, it is nice to have developer tools to help diagnose.

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