Firefox 31 Brings New Tools to Developers

Firefox 31 Brings New Tools to Developers
Mozilla's Rapid Release Schedule Continues to Deliver
Developers Can Now Easily Identify Colors
Web Design Editing Comes Inside the Box
Scratchpad Gets New Features
Add-On Debugging Lands in Firefox 31
New Tab Gets Search Box
WebIDE Is Coming
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Firefox 31 Brings New Tools to Developers

By Sean Michael Kerner

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Mozilla's Rapid Release Schedule Continues to Deliver

Firefox 31 follows the Firefox 30 release that only debuted on June 11. Firefox has a rapid release development cycle, with new browser releases coming approximately every six weeks.

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Developers Can Now Easily Identify Colors

Among the new developer tools in Firefox 31 is an eyedropper that enables users to quickly identify the color value of any location on a Web page.

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Web Design Editing Comes Inside the Box

Inside of Firefox 31's developer tools, it is now possible to modify the box model of a given Web page to try out different dimensions of page elements.

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Scratchpad Gets New Features

Mozilla's JavaScript Scratchpad for developers gains new features in Firefox 31, providing new code selection capabilities including Sublime Text key bindings.

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Add-On Debugging Lands in Firefox 31

Add-ons that provide additional functionality to the browser now also get the developer treatment in Firefox 31. A new integrated add-on debugger enables developers to gain insight into add-on operations.

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New Tab Gets Search Box

When users open a new tab, Firefox 31 now provides a search box, in addition to a listing of recent and commonly visited locations.

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WebIDE Is Coming

Looking beyond Firefox 31, Mozilla developers are testing a new developer tool called WebIDE, which is intended to be a full integrated development environment (IDE) for the Web.

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