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New browser will become available on Nov. 10, is perhaps the first of its kind

For web developers, page basic layout work is typically done in development environments provided by companies Adobes Systems Inc. (ADBE) or Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).  But actual testing of sites and your scripts for them is often done in browsers.  Microsoft, the Mozilla Foundation, and Google Inc. (GOOG) (among others) have long offered developers tools of varying complexities to analyze websites, allowing debugging and tuning.  But such tools had always been cobbled onto the underlying consumer-aimed web-browsing product.
 
The Mozilla Foundation has offered up an interesting idea, revealing that it's about to launch a brand new Firefox family browser built from the ground up to cater to the developer crowd.  The new browser will be made available Nov. 10 and is being advertised on Twitter Inc.'s (TWTR) microblogging platform under the tag "#fx10".



Mozilla writes:

We've redesigned the browser by looking at it through a completely new filter to put developers’ interests first. It’s built by developers for developers so you can debug the whole Web, allowing you to more easily build awesome Web experiences. It also integrates some powerful new tools like WebIDE and the Firefox Tools Adapter.

Note, both Google (maker of the Chrome web browser) and Mozilla (maker of the Firefox web browser) had previously released browsers primarily targeted at developers (e.g. the nightly Chromium and Firefox Aurora channels, respectively), but those releases were simply early versions of upcoming consumer releases, designed to keep developers in the loop about upcoming standards support and features (and to ensure compatibility).

By contrast the new browser scraps the consumer design ethos and ostensibly will look to solely focus on browser-tools/interfaces that allow for faster web development, including compatibility testing.

Sources: Mozilla Blog, The Mozilla Foundation on YouTube





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