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Firebug 1.13 alpha 6

Friday, November 29th, 2013

getfirebug.com has Firebug 1.13 alpha 6

Firebug 1.13a6 fixes 8 issues
Firebug 1.13a6 is compatible with Firefox 25-28

 

There are just couple of minor enhancements. Again we are mostly focusing and hardworking on adopting new Firefox debugging engine and doing great progress. This work will turn into alpha releases soon (we are yet blocked by missing platform APIs).

In this version, we improved design of the search options panel (see issue 6702):

Search Options
 

And Firebug now supports -0 (negative zero), see issue 6631

There are other bug fixes and you can see them all.

 
Please post feedback in the newsgroup.

 

Jan ‘Honza’ Odvarko

 

Firebug 1.12.5

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Firebug team released Firebug 1.12.5. This version improves a workaround that solves Firefox tab switching and Firebug activation problem (due to a platform bug). See the detailed description of related changes below.

 

Firebug 1.12.5b1 has also been released to update users on AMO beta channel. This version is exactly the same as 1.12.5

 

Firebug 1.12.5 is compatible with Firefox 23 – 26

Firebug 1.12.5 fixes 4 issues.

 

Script Panel Activation

Since version 1.12.4, Firebug doesn’t pause the underlying Firefox JavaScript debugger engine (JSD) when the user is switching Firefox tabs. This avoids long tab switching times since JSD.pause/unPause is broken (it’s the platform bug). This means that Firebug with active Script panel can slow down the browser even if it’s on a background Firefox tab.

The user can see related warning message on disabled Script panel and also (if the Script panel is already enabled) within the Console panel.

Console Panel Warning

Script Panel Warning

Enabling the Script panel causes a Firefox slow-down due to a platform bug. This will be fixed with the next major Firefox and Firebug versions.

If you have the Script panel disabled, the platform bug doesn’t affect your browser experience.

Start Button Icon

In order to make it easier for the user to see that there is an active Firebug instance in the background we introduced a new state for the Start Button Icon (read more about the Start button).
 

Firebug is active on the current tab.
Firebug is not active on the current tab.
Firebug is active on a background tab (this is the new state).

Start Button Tooltip

Start button tooltip has also been improved. You can use it to see how many Firebug instances are currently active (you’ll see the number even if Firebug is not active on the current tab).

The Screenshot shows that there are 3 active Firebugs in the browser (and the icon indicates that one of them is on the current page).

Shutdown Firebug

Finally, in order to quickly shutdown all Firebug instances at once and ensure that the underlying Firefox debugging engine (JSD) is deactivated (not slowing down the browser anymore), you can pick Clear Activation List from the Start button context menu.

 

Please post feedback in the newsgroup, thanks.

Jan ‘Honza’ Odvarko

 

Firebug 1.13 alpha 5

Friday, November 8th, 2013

getfirebug.com has Firebug 1.13 alpha 5

Firebug 1.13a5 fixes 9 issues
Firebug 1.13a5 is compatible with Firefox 25-28

 

This version doesn’t introduce any new features. The entire team is now focusing and hardworking on adopting the new debugging API that shall represent the heart of the debugger in Firebug.next. This work will be also included in alpha releases soon.

 

Please post feedback in the newsgroup.

 

Jan ‘Honza’ Odvarko

 

Firebug 1.13 alpha 4

Friday, October 25th, 2013

getfirebug.com has Firebug 1.13 alpha 4

Firebug 1.13a4 fixes 10 issues
Firebug 1.13a4 is compatible with Firefox 24-27

Some highlights from this release

  • Display registered Mutation Observers (issue 6740)

    The existing getEventListeners() command (see a Firebug tip) has been extended and it now displays also registered mutation observers for given element.

    Mutation Observers
     

    You can use this test page to try it yourself.
     
     

  • Searching by selector in the HTML panel (issue 6748)

    The search field inside the HTML panel now allows you to search for elements via CSS selectors. Just start typing a selector like body > div and the elements matching this selector will be matched. This new search feature got integrated with the already existing text search. So now you can search for both at once, text and CSS selectors. This makes it much easier to find the elements you’re searching for.

     

    HTML Search

     

    Again, you can use the test page to try it.

     

 

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Jan ‘Honza’ Odvarko

 

Firebug 1.12.4

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Firebug team released Firebug 1.12.4. Another maintenance release fixing performance problem when switching Firefox tabs.

 

Firebug 1.12.4b1 has also been released to update users on AMO beta channel. This version is exactly the same as 1.12.4

 

Firebug 1.12.4 is compatible with Firefox 23 – 26

Firebug 1.12.4 fixes 1 issue.

 

This version introduces a workaround that solves Firefox tab switching and Firebug activation problem (see a platform bug). As a temporary measure, Firebug no longer pauses the debugger when switching tabs. This avoids long tab switching times (see issue 6086 for more details).

The entire problem will be properly fixed in the next major Firebug version that will be based on the new JavaScript Debugger API in Firefox.

 

Please post feedback in the newsgroup, thanks.

Jan ‘Honza’ Odvarko

 

Firebug 1.12.3

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Firebug team released Firebug 1.12.3. Another maintenance release fixing a few minor issues.

 

Firebug 1.12.3b1 has also been released to update users on AMO beta channel. This version is exactly the same as 1.12.3

 

Firebug 1.12.3 is compatible with Firefox 23 – 26

Firebug 1.12.3 fixes 4 issues.

 

Some highlights from this release

There is a platform bug that slows down Firefox tab switching and Firebug activation. This bug has effect only if the Script panel is enabled. Since we can’t fix this problem Firebug is displaying a warning to notify users. The problem will be fixed in the next major Firebug release (Firebug will be using different debugging engine, see issue 6821 for more details).

The message is displayed on disabled Script panel and also in the Console panel.

 

 

This version also fixes one compatibility problem with FirePHP extension (issue 6803).
 

Please post feedback in the newsgroup, thanks.

Jan ‘Honza’ Odvarko

 

Firebug 1.13 alpha 3

Friday, September 27th, 2013

getfirebug.com has Firebug 1.13 alpha 3

Firebug 1.13a3 fixes 7 issues
Firebug 1.13a3 is compatible with Firefox 24-27

Some highlights from this release

  • JavaScript Array Inspector (issue 6773)
     
    It’s now possible to simply inspect large arrays logged into the Console panel. Large arrays are truncated in the Console panel, but if you click on the left or right bracket of the array (it’s a link now) you’ll be navigated into the DOM panel that allows you to fully inspect the array.

    You’ll be navigated to the DOM panel for full inspection after clicking.


     

  • console.table() & object logging (issue 6800)
     
    We have enhanced the console.table() API, and so it’s now possible to use it to log even generic objects. It can be useful in many cases. For example, you can log the DOM storage object.

 

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Jan ‘Honza’ Odvarko

 

Firebug 1.12.2

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Firebug team released Firebug 1.12.2. This version represents a maintenance release. A few minor problem fixed, no new features.

 

Firebug 1.12.2 is compatible with Firefox 23 – 26

Firebug 1.12.2 fixes 8 issues.

 

Firebug 1.12.2b1 has also been released to update users on AMO beta channel. This version is exactly the same as 1.12.2

 

Bug fixes in this release are mostly related to the Console panel & logging, but there are also some fixes related to CSS inspection.

 

Please post feedback in the newsgroup, thanks.

Jan ‘Honza’ Odvarko

 

Firebug 1.13 alpha 2

Friday, September 13th, 2013

getfirebug.com has Firebug 1.13 alpha 2

Firebug 1.13a2 fixes 9 issues
Firebug 1.13a2 is compatible with Firefox 23-26

Some enhancements in this release

  • Issue 3195: Search field should display current tab
  • Issue 6334: Pressing the search field shortcut should select the previously entered search text
  • Issue 6746: Add a keyboard shortcut for creating a watch expression from the current selection
  • Issue 6760: Allow using the command line even when JavaScript is disabled

 

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Jan ‘Honza’ Odvarko

 

Firebug 1.13 alpha 1

Friday, September 6th, 2013

getfirebug.com has Firebug 1.13 alpha 1

Firebug 1.13a1 fixes 31 issues
Firebug 1.13a1 is compatible with Firefox 23-26

We are again hardworking on the next great Firebug version for now labeled 1.13. The team focuses on JSD2 adoption and our plan is to have it ready in this new version. We have great roadmap and if successful we want to call it 2.0 eventually.

Thanks to our awesome team we have already made several new features and improvements in 1.13 (while Firebug 1.12 has been out for couple of weeks only)!

Some highlights from this release

  • The Script panel displays a notification if the source cache limit has been exceeded (issue 4906)You can use the Preferences button to change the limit. Browser restart is not needed after limit modification, just reload the page to get full source.script-cachelimit

 

  • Quick Info Box for elements can be pinned (issue 5720)Note that there are two buttons at the top right corner. One for pinning the box, so it stays displayed all the time and one for closing it.quick-info-box

    Read more about the Quick Info Box on our wiki.

 

  • Headers in net requests are collapsible (issue 4930)The Net panel has also been improved. Sections with HTTP headers (Response, Request and Cached Headers) are now collapsible and the state is preserved across Firefox restarts. So those headers, in which you are not interested don’t take space anymore.net-panel-headers

 

  • Better way to add a new element attribute (issue 6661)We have improved the way how HTML attributes can be added into elements. Check out the next set of screenshots.html-panel1

    Hover mouse cursor over the closing arrow bracket of an element you want to add a new attribute to. See, the cursor changes its shape into a hand.

    Click on the closing tag to open an inline editor and start typing an attribute name.

    html-panel2

    The rest works as usual. After you typed the name press the tab key and type the attribute value.

    mypanel3

 

There is a lot more fixed in this version and you can check out our issue list.

Stay tuned and post feedback in the newsgroup

 

Jan ‘Honza’ Odvarko