Forwarding Address: OS X

Monday, July 12, 2004

By now you have, of course, stopped using IE as your browser right? And you're probably not using Firefox because with Safari who needs anything else? Safari's fantastic. In one fell swoop Chris Pederick provides a seriously compelling reason to use Firefox: improving your web development experience through his most excellent Web Developer plugin. It's hard to explain this thing if you haven't seen it in use but basically it sticks a toolbar into Firefox that gives you total, complete access to everything you'd ever want access to as a web developer. I can't begin to list the features here, just head over and read for yourself. One of those few bits of software that's made me go "wow".


  • That's pretty darn cool. Between easy validation(*) and the ability to see what the browser sees as table layout, I'm sold. Features such as the download speed guessing ("the NYT home page will take 152 seconds on a 14.4k modem") are just gravy.

    (*) That was one of the things I loved about iCab; web pages with valid HTML would "make iCab smile!"

    Here's a meta-comment about forwarding address: osx, though. Why can I see this post in Safari on my mac, but the newest content I see on the PC with Firefox is the July 7th one?


    By Anonymous, at 9:44 AM  

  • I actually gave up on Safari because of all the javascript problems.

    By Steve Jenson, at 10:03 AM  

  • Hey, that's very cool indeed. Cheers for the link!

    By Anonymous, at 12:31 PM  

  • I actually dumped Safari for Firefox around two releases ago. Safari is terribly slow on secure sites and has issues with javascript. It shouldn't take minute to load my online banking site, yet it does with Safari. I think it may be less standards compliant than Firefox at this point too, although all of the browsers (except MSIE) are trying to be more standards complient and it will take time for them to get there. Furthermore, the ability to add Extensions to Firefox and skin it just make it that much better. I think my favorite Firefox feature is that you can add additional engines to the search box. I have Amazon, IMDB, Google (the default) and a couple of other ones that I find really handy. I haven't checked out the Web Developer plugin, but I imagine its really handy like all of the other plugins that allow you to create the browser experience and functionality that you really want.

    By Anonymous, at 6:11 PM  

  • If you want to add different search engines, check out either Sogudi or SafariKeywords. I type "imdb Amazing Grace and Chuck" in my location field and am whisked to the IMDB listing of "Amazing Grace and Chuck". Or I can type "goo Firefox" and get a Google listing of all pages on containing "Firefox".

    By Clay, at 8:01 AM  

  • What about Camino?

    By Justin, at 12:51 PM  

  • If only Firefox loaded in less than a week on my 1ghz powerbook, it might be a real option. I use it for CSS development, but instantly revert to Safari if I want to open the program or load a page before my diner gets cold.

    SLOW SLOW SLOW Firefox.

    Safari has got me spoiled.

    By Anonymous, at 6:30 AM  

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    By Anonymous, at 8:06 PM  

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    By Anonymous, at 8:06 PM  

  • Thank you! |

    By Anonymous, at 8:06 PM  

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