January 2007 :: 2 new Firefox Extensions for Developers

For those of you who haven’t been able to join us recently, we are still meeting. 😉 While we have not had any formal presentations in some time; this month saw some great discussion.

  • two companies looking to hire some talent
  • a request for volunteers to develop an XSL based templating layer
  • and a host of other great topics that I’m sure others will add in the comments of this post.

We did discuss two Firefox Extensions that may be very interesting to Web Application developers out there.

The first one is called Firebug. I’m a HUGE fan of the Web Developer tool bar, but seriously; If you haven’t used Firebug, please go get it now. Think of it as a JavaScript / CSS IDE built into the browser.

The second one is more of a complete package with a FireFox extension. If you have ever wanted to generate a testing harness on your user-interface itself, or you have wanted to automate any functional testing; Selenium may be the tool for you.

Selenium (from OpenQA) comes in two parts, the Selenium-IDE and the Selenium-core. Grab the IDE and kick the tires, or just watch the movie. If you want to see how take your single test and start building an automated suite; go check out Selenium-Core.

Again, I hope you all had a great time! See you again next month!