Monday, 12 July 2010

Plugging in to Mozilla Firefox

During the past month or so, there's been a few Firefox plugins to which I
repeatedly turn. These include: -

Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your
fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and
JavaScript live in any web page...

HttpFox monitors and analyzes all incoming and outgoing HTTP traffic between the
browser and the web servers.

It aims to bring the functionality known from tools like HttpWatch or
IEInspector to the Firefox browser.

Information available per request includes:
- Request and response headers
- Sent and received cookies
- Querystring parameters
- POST parameters
- Response body

FireShot is a Firefox extension that creates screenshots of web pages (entirely
or just visible part).

Unlike other extensions, this plugin provides a set of editing and annotation
tools, which let users quickly modify web captures and insert text annotations
and graphical annotations. Such functionality will be especially useful for web
designers, testers and content reviewers.

Along with these is the absolutely excellent Foxear, which gives me access to my
Bookmarks ( fka Dogear ) from Lotus Connections, wherever I go, across multiple
laptops, using Ubuntu, OSX and ( via VMware, on rare occasions ) Windows.

Sadly ( for you ), Foxear is an IBM-internal plugin, but it does "leverage" the
power of Lotus Connections ...


Brownie said...

Thanks Dave. I use Firebug often and it is a must for designing Portal themes and recently customising Connections. I will give HTTPFox and Fireshot a go.

The other one I have found useful just today is "Cookie Editor". This was great to help debug integrating Connections with Portal today when I wanted to check and edit the "FromPortal" cookie to detect if the user came from Portal or direct.

Great idea for the Foxear. Might have to get one made by one of the guys at ISW and make it available to all!

Dave Hay said...

Cheers, Adam, will check out Cookie Editor. Dave

Unknown said...

Hi Dave.
I'm really missing Foxear after leaving IBM. Do you know if it will be available outside of IBM anytime soon?

Dave Hay said...

@Robert - sadly not, last time I checked, there were no plans to release Foxear into the wild :-(

Unknown said...

Could you check again? :-) Still missing this lovely plugin. I have also told customers about this, and there´s definite interest in getting this public.

Dave Hay said...

@Robert - last time I asked Alex, the answer was no :-(

More fun with pip

Again with the Python and pip  fun, this time on my Mac, where commands such as:  pip3 list and: - pip3 install --upgrade pip were failing w...