Archive for May, 2011

Firebug 1.8a3

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 has Firebug 1.8a3 – compatible with Firefox 5.
(note: you can also use Firebug 1.7.1 from AMO with Firefox 5)

This release fixes 17 issues and all our tests pass.

We are currently focusing mainly on improving the internal Firebug architecture and as part of this work we have converted (almost) all firebug source files into AMD modules. There are many new modules and you can check the list to see the current structure. Note that Firebug is using RequireJS as the module loader and we also want to share some modules between Firebug and Firebug Lite to avoid copying code and make our work more effective and faster.

We have also created a documentation that should help Firebug extension developers with the transition to Firebug 1.8. There are some API changes that could affect existing extensions.

We are eagerly awaiting for any feedback from extension developers that could help us to make the transition as smooth as possible and so, if you have any troubles or questions, please let us know!

Some highlights from this version:

  • Support for pseudo elements like “:first-letter”, “:first-line”, “:before”, etc. (issue 537)
  • New shortcuts for changing CSS values (numbers) Ctrl+Up/Down now increases/decreases by 0.1, Shift+Up/Down increases/decreases by 10. (issue 1338).
  • New option for those who don’t like the old Firebug status icon: extensions.firebug.showStatusIcon (issue 4089)
  • Tooltips for CSS colors improved, now appearing also for RGBA, HSL and HSLA values (issue 4411).

Please post feedback in the newsgroup, thanks.


Firebug 1.7.1

Friday, May 13th, 2011 has Firebug 1.7.1 + Chromebug 1.7.1

This release fixes some issues reported after releasing Firebug 1.7 (all our automated tests pass). Note that this is supposed to be the last maintenance release for 1.7 branch. See description of news in three betas prior this final (b1, b2, b3).

FWG is currently fully concentrating on Firebug 1.8 that should switch to beta phase in couple of weeks and final is expected at the end of June (around the same time when Firefox 5 is coming out).

Here is simple compatibility table:

Firebug 1.7 is for Firefox 3.6 – 4
Firebug 1.8 is for Firefox 4 – 5

(Firebug 1.9 is planned for Firefox 5-6)

Firebug 1.7 is also uploaded on AMO, but it can take some time to make it through caches…

Please post feedback in the newsgroup, thanks.


Firebug 1.7.1b3

Friday, May 6th, 2011 has Firebug 1.7.1b3 + Chromebug 1.7.1b3

This release yet fixes two issues before releasing the final 1.7.1

  • When downloading huge files firebug sucks up all available memory and then crashes firefox (Issue 3123)
  • Buggy autocompletion in small command line is messing with cursor placement (Issue 3709)

All our automated test pass.

Users subscribed to AMO beta channel will be updated automatically as usual.

Please post feedback in the newsgroup, thanks.