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Popular, powerful web development tool. Inspect HTML, modify style and layout in real-time. Advanced JavaScript debugger for any browser. Analyze network usage & performance.

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Firebug review by <span>Lisa K.</span>
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A brilliant tool sails off into the sunset

What do you like best?

Firebug has been such a great tool for me over the past several years. Unfortunately, it is no longer being developed and has been replaced by browser-specific developer tools. The things I love about Firebug are what makes me so sad to see it go: the ease of use in inspecting page elements, the error console checker, the image preview ability for linked images, and more. I also enjoyed the fact that Firebug, once activated for a website, remained activated for that site until I turned it off. At the moment, the DevTools don't have this feature, and instead activation is limited to the tab in question regardless of the website.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally, Firebug could cause my browser to crash, and if I accidentally opened it in too many tabs, it would slow the browser down to a snail's pace. Of course, the biggest downside is that it's no longer being developed. Firebug has set up a migrator on their site explaining some of the differences between their software and DevTools so you can make the switch more seamlessly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Unfortunately I do not recommend installing Firebug anymore because it is no longer being developed. Old software will slow your browser down.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Firebug paved the way with live, on-the-fly editing of websites and troubleshooting. There's not a web developer who hasn't made use of it to look under the hood of a website, either to see how something works or to troubleshoot something that's broken. Within seconds of a problem being brought to my attention, I can visit the site, fire up Firebug, and inspect the code to find the problem. Quick and efficient, Firebug made my workday so much easier.

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Firebug review by <span>Nico C.</span>
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Good tool for website developing

What do you like best?

In a very simple environment, firebug gives you an awesome number of tools for developing your website.

I really appreciate the fact that comes with an huge number of extension to make it very suitable to your needs.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't allow mobile emulation nor gives you a chance to simulate slow connection.

Sometimes its UX may appear a bit confusing, expecially in CSS and Javascript where at first glance is not very clear how to navigate between files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before starting using firebug consider if you really need it. Back in time it was the only available tool. Nowadays most (if not all) browser have their own build-in "developer tools" with similar features.

The only real reason I can see to start using firebug is because you need to use one of its extensions (or because you feel very confortable with the UX).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Firebug has a lot of uses. Mostly I used it to see in realtime CSS edits so that I can better figure out what's going on and how to fix broken CSS.

Another use id JavaScript debugging, Firebug allows inserting breakpoint and instruction-by-instrucion JavaScript execution.

Another very common use is security test, simulating fake AJAX requests to see how the backend behaves.

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Firebug review by <span>Ignacio S.</span>
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The best/beloved/useful tool for Web Development that I use.

What do you like best?

Firebug integration with Firefox is awesome. Despite Mozilla Firefox comes with its own Developers Tool, Firebug is a MUST HAVE for every web developer out there.

With CSS: You can modify CSS definitions on the fly, How will be seen this H1 in red color? Done, just change it in FireBug, review and write the definitive code in your CSS file, the same if you want to add some margin, padding o change font-size.

With JS: FireBug simplifies the benefits of the Javascript console, you can check "console.log" outputs easily but, FireBug really shines with AJAX, and POST responses. This responses are a pain in the #$% if you are using Chrome and its Developers Tool but, in FireBug, you can revise all the responses, even FireBug can format XML and JSON responses for easy reading. FireBug is clearly superior at this task.

With HTML: You can remove elements, add elements and modify elements in DOM tree or HTML Code on the fly. Very handle.

You are curious about a web site, its code or its CSS? Just FireBugize it.

I can't make no one web project without using FireBug.

What do you dislike?

Is not easy copy text from CSS box at right inside FireBug window. That's the only thing that I dislike of FireBug.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Is the best tool. It has no competition, it is the best. You will enjoy it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FireBug is awesome for solving bugs on JavaScript or CSS, also is a fast solution for check bugs on Ajax request or formatting the response data. Is awesome for documentation because you can expand easily JavaScript objects or elements in DOM.

Firebug review by User in Sporting Goods
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Great tool for developers!

What do you like best?

Being able to look at the code and the website at the same time and diving into the hierarchy of the code easily. Also, being able to change the appearance of the page in real time to make sure that what I am proposing or wanting to change is the correct request. This helps explain requests to developers and other team members that may not be on the same page as you are with changes you would like to have made.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it skips around a little too much for my liking.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you understand all of the ways you can utilize this tool by either reading up on the software or playing around for a while. It is also great to be able to change the page you are currently on to make sure the changes or recommendations you are requesting are the most thorough request to developers and other team members as possible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Identifying areas of the website that can be improved for added SEO value and on page improvements.

Firebug review by <span>Henry P.</span>
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Firebug is great for inspecting code on the Firefox platform

What do you like best?

The "click an element to inspect" option is amazing. I wish that same feature was implemented in google chrome's developer tools. I also really appreciate how elements on the page get highlighted when you rollover the corresponding code

What do you dislike?

I really wish they had a section that displays the load time of various webpage elements like google chrome's developer tools. I Also wish they had a section that allowed you to extract video and image assets from a page much like developer tools allows you to do. If these two issue were rectified I would use firebug as my primary debugging platform rather that just use it for debugging specifically in firefox

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its great if you only want to debug in the firefox browser- however chrome's developer tools has more features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its really fantastic for debugging website errors that specifically occur in the firefox browser

Firebug review by G2 Crowd User in Graphic Design
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I absolutely rely on Firebug on a daily basis!

What do you like best?

I love being able to edit code directly in the browser without having to make changes to the actual file first. Being able to preview changes and make decisions in a "preview" kind of way makes figuring out the best way to write code possible. The function to "add rule" has often helped to easily pull out the exact class or ID that needs to be added to a style sheet.

What do you dislike?

I find the feature for inspecting code while an item is on :hover :focus or :active doesn't work very well, or if it does it is very hit or miss. This is especially frustrating when trying to troubleshoot drop menus in Drupal which can often have a great deal of <div>'s so pin-pointing the exact class/id can be difficult.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it! Use it!!! Love it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As mentioned, I use this feature every day. I recommend it highly to all of my colleagues and have found for me personally it is the best in browser feature for web development. I always keep a Firefox window open specifically for using this product in its best browser, even though I prefer safari and chrome for actual site work.

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