Google’s Chrome DevTools toolset for developers was just updated with three new tools that will make it easier for developers to write their code and produce their products.
The additions were unveiled in an Aug. 5 post by Vsevolod Vlasov, a DevTools software engineer, on The Chromium Blog. The new features are meant to “improve your authoring experience more than ever before,” he wrote.
The use of CSS preprocessors such as Sass will now be easier because users will no longer have to switch to another program and refresh Chrome as they do presently, he wrote. That improvement comes from CSS preprocessor mapping. “CSS preprocessor mapping enables live-editing of these sources directly within the Sources panel,” wrote Vlasov. “To see it in action, just map the .scss file, then Ctrl-click on a property or value to jump to the variable, mixin or function that defined it. Support for other pre-processors such as Less, Stylus and Compass is in the works.”
More details on the improved process can be found in the DevTools css-preprocessor documentation, he wrote.
Google Improves Chrome DevTools for Developers
Google is always working on new and improved tools for developers of their products.
In July, Google released a new Dart Software Development Kit and Editor in beta to help developers create their code more quickly. The company also began experimenting with a new network protocol, called QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections), that could help speed up network connections in the future.
In June, Google unveiled a new Cloud Playground environment where developers can quickly try out ideas on a whim, without having to commit to setting up a local development environment that’s safe for testing coding experiments outside the production infrastructure. The new Cloud Playground is presently limited to supporting Python 2.7 App Engine apps.
Earlier in June, Google opened its Google Maps Engine API to developers so they can build consumer and business applications that incorporate the features and flexibility of Google Maps. By using the Maps API, developers can now use Google’s cloud infrastructure to add their data on top of a Google Map and share that custom mash-up with consumers, employees or other users. The maps can then be shared internally by companies or organizations or be published on the Web.
Google also recently created a new Mobile Backend Starter that lets developers focus on building and selling their apps by automating the back end of apps development. The Mobile Backend Starter works with Google App Engine. The Mobile Backend Starter was first announced at the Google I/O 2013 Developers Conference, where it was the topic of the “From Nothing to Nirvana in Minutes: Cloud Backend for Your Android Application” presentation.
In January, Google announced that it was moving its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) over to the GitHub collaborative development environment to make it easier for software developers to contribute and continue the evolution of GCP. The GCP program has been growing since Google unveiled a new partner program in July 2012 to help business clients discover all of Google’s available cloud services. GitHub is a rapidly growing collaborative software development platform for public and private code sharing and hosting.