I'm a Firefox user, have been for years. I love Microsoft products and most of their software is fantastic, but I have never been much fond of Internet Explorer. Maybe its IE's UI, or maybe its the fact that it doesn't have many great plug-ins. Either way, I much prefer to use Firefox as my browser of choice when developing web applications. There are tons of great add-ons available to Firefox users to make their web developing lives easier. Here are my favorite 5:
- IE Tab - If you're tired of having to open up another browser to test the compatibility of your web page in IE, or having to switch browsers for site which require IE, rest easy with this plug-in. It allows you to open up web site in a Firefox tab using the IE embedded engine with a single click.
- YSlow - This is a new one for me. It's a cool plug-in which analyzes web pages and then gives you suggestions on how to improve the performance of your page based on Yahoo!'s rules for high performance web sites.One feature that I enjoy is that YSlow integrates with Firebug.
- FoxMarks - Okay, so this last one is not really a development plug-in per se, but since most developers use more than one machine, this one is a must-have. It easily allows you to keep all your bookmarks synced between computers, so you never have to go searching for your favorite links and the days of manually porting your bookmarks from one computer to another are long gone.