Archive for the ‘Browser’ Tag

Top 10 Best Firefox Extensions

Firefox extensions are small add-ons that add new functionality to Mozilla applications. They can add anything from a toolbar button to a completely new feature. They allow the application to be customized to fit the personal needs of each user if they need additional features. Here are my picks for the Top Ten Best Firefox Extensions (not in any particular order):

  1. Firebug: The best Firefox extension without which a web developer cannot live. Using Firebug, you can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page. It also helps you in profiling performance of javascript and the time it takes for each component of your web application to download.

    Also, you can get YSlow to get performance report of your web application which also points out the things you can do to improve your web application performance.
  2. Measure It: Pretty nice extension, handy for web development. Use it to measure the height and width in pixels.
  3. ColorZilla: If you are working with colors (background or foreground), use this extension to easily get the hex code (or RGB) value of the color.
  4. Screengrab: If you want to take screenshot of any web page then there is no good extension than this. It lets you copy/save the entire web page or the visibile portion or the portion that you select.
  5. Cool Iris (Pic Lens): If you are doing image searching or viewing lots of images on flickr then this is the best extension to have. It lets you go over all the images in the search result in a very easy way (no need to again and again press next button).
  6. Download Statusbar: Fedup of that download window that opens when you start any download ? Use this extension to easily manage your downloads.
  7. Last Tab: Use this extension if you fed up that your Ctrl+Tab does not take you to the last tab you were on.
  8. Live HTTP Header: It lets you view the all the header parameters of the requests made when a web page loads. You can use it to modify the data being sent to the server.
  9. Web Developer: Again a very good extension for the web developers.
  10. Better Gmail 2: Better Gmail 2 compiles the best Greasemonkey user scripts for Gmail into a single package. It adds useful extra features and skins to Gmail, like hierarchical labels, macros, file attachment icons, and more.

Google Chrome: First Look

My first reaction when I first heard about Google Chrome was

Oh No! Another browser to test my web application, as if Internet Explorer was not enough.

Well, after downloading it this morning and taking a look at my web application LifeMojo on it, I am staisfied that I don’t have to do any tweaks/hacks for Chrome. Some of the points to notice about Chrome:

  • A Javascript VM which can execute Javascript really fast.
  • A new thing I noticed is the ability to resize textarea. Just open any webpage with any textarea and you will notice it.
  • Ability to create shortcuts (on your desktop/quick lauch) of the web application. This will also require you to make changes in your web application if you want to use this feature for your good. Add these lines to your web page header and you are good:
    <meta name="application-name" content="LifeMojo"/>
    <meta name="description" content="LifeMojo"/>
    <meta name="application-url" content=""/>
    <link rel="icon" href="lifemojo_32x32.png" sizes="32x32"/>
    <link rel="icon" href="lifemojo_48x48.png" sizes="48x48"/>

Now, some of the things it is lacking:

  • Support for a good developer tool like Firebug.
  • Ability to open all my bookmarks in a folder (which FIrefox provides) in Tabs.
  • Not much visual indication during a page load.
  • No way to save the opened web page.
  • Does not give any warning when I am closing Chrome with multiple tabs opened.