Saying Goodbye to Firebug

Por | Outubro 24, 2017

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Firebug has been an exceptional success. Over its 12-year lifespan, the open supply device developed a close to cult following amongst internet builders. When it got here out in 2005, Firebug was the primary device to let programmers examine, editar, and debug code proper within the Firefox browser. It additionally allow you to monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript reside in any internet web page, which was an enormous step forward.

Firebug caught peoples consideration and greater than 1,000,000 loyal followers nonetheless use it today.

So its unhappy that Firebug is now reaching end-of-life within the Firefox browser, with the discharge of Firefox Quantum (versão 57) mês subsequente. The wonderful news is that each one the capabilities of Firebug are actually present in present Firefox Developer Tools.

The story of Firefox and Firebug is synonymous with the rise of the net. We fought the good battle and altered how builders examine HTML and debug JS within the browser. Firebug ushered within the Internet 2.0 period. At the moment, the work pioneered by the Firebug group over the past 12 years lives on in Firefox Developer Tools.

Looking Ahead, Wanting Back

But earlier than we transfer on, lets take just a few moments to recollect all the nice milestones of the Firebug challenge, and share some tales from early group members.

Jan 2006, Firebug 0.2 Joe releases the only tab console with AJAX logging.May 2006, Firebug 0.4 There’s a new top-level tab for JavaScript debugging.Dec 2006 Firebug is open-sourced.Jan 2007, Firebug 1.0 The beginning of Internet 2.0!Ago 2008, Firebug 1.2 First FWG (Firebug Working Group) release.Oct 2009, HTTP Archive (HAR) One archive for internet efficiency and beyond.Feb 2010, Firebug Litefor Google Chrome launched (bookmarklet).Abr 2010, Dynamic and Graphical Internet Web page Breakpoints invented (pdf).2011Boom of Firebug extensions.June 2014, Firebug 2.0 Contemporary new UI appropriate with Firefox Australis.June 2016, Unifying Firebug & Firefox DevTools.Oct 2017, Goodbye Firebug!

Firebug 0.2, Console panel

Id wish to share a few of my very own fond Firebug reminiscences and historic moments, starting with the method it all started.

The very first model launched in Jan 2006 on AMO is Firebug 0.2 with a brief remark from Joe Hewitt:

This is a really early launch the code is only some days previous. Watch out for the leopard.

Later in December 2006, Joe makes the vital resolution to open supply Firebug:

The first announcement is with regard to Firebugs licensing. As I used to be creating Firebug 1.0, I started to marvel if I ought to attempt to flip the challenge from a interest right into a enterprise. After I proposed this concept on my weblog, the response was very optimistic and reaffirmed my belief that Firebug might do effectively as a business product.
No entanto, ultimately, I simply dont really feel like that’s the proper factor to do. I like engaged on Firebug as a outcome of I do know Im making lots of people pleased and serving to to advance the state-of-the-art. Thats much more significant to me than absolutely anything else, and so, Ive determined that Firebug will stay free and open source.

After releasing v1.0, Joe Hewitt moved on to his subsequent journey at Fb and John J. Barton (IBM) quickly grew to become curious about resuscitating the challenge

Oh Firebug! Enjoyable instances. I began out as a person and contributor (of obscure debugging-of-eval features). When Joe Hewitt determined to maneuver on, I hunted round IBM to gauge interest in persevering with his work. At the moment, enterprise Internet apps had been simply beginning to develop with out a lot greater than window.alert() debugging. As quickly as Jan Honza Odvarko joined the Firebug effort, IBMs Rational IDE group agreed to help my work on Firebug and I created an Eclipse plugin to combine Firebug with the product. Honza and I crammed in Joes nice framework, scaling the device to bigger and extra advanced functions. We added exams and improved the discharge vetting, then fastened bugs and responded to bug studies to construct group. Quickly we had different contributors and a rising assortment of Firebug extensions. Mike Collins joined me to assist on the product aspect and I collaborated with Salman Mirghasemi at EPFL on analysis tasks leveraging Firebug technology.

Im happy with our collective efforts to maintain Firebug in the course of the crucial growth part of Internet know-how. This device helped numerous builders construct websites utilized by hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide. Now each browser has a debugger impressed by our work. Whereas I miss the scrappy self-reliant teamwork of Firebug growth, we depart figuring out we made large optimistic impact.

Firebug 1.2, Web panel

The success of a challenge is all the time depending on the dedication of builders, contributors, and concerned customers. No entanto, there have been additionally instances when it wasnt easy to maintain up with the shortly evolving Firefox browser and we needed to work hard.

A snippet from John J. Bartons put up (Março 2010):

Weve come alongside method since Joe Hewitt unleashed Firebug 1.0.Arriving in the beginning of the Internet 2.0 revolution, Firebug helped shift folks from pondering Web 2.0 was a fad to realizing Internet apps could be actual. Firebug needed to develop up in a rush whereas we nonetheless didn’t perceive the code effectively and definitely didnt perceive Firefox.

Firebug 1.1 wasnt actually meant to be, although it was utilized by just a few devoted and useful of us. So Firebug 1.2 was our first actual launch past Joes unique supply. Behind the scenes we had plenty of further work to shut a safety gap in Firebug. On the time we couldn’t inform anybody: too many customers had been exposed.

Firebug has been all the time very fashionable challenge and heaps of builders began engaged on Firebug options, fixing bugs and constructing extensions. Com certeza, many new extensions to increase an extension. We had been all utilizing the identical know-how. Group happiness.

There is a put up I made about Firebug extensions, Julho 2008:

Have you ever been curious about what extensions can be found for Firebug? If sure, check out what I’ve discovered. Frankly, I used to be quite stunned what quantity of Firebug extensions already exists out there.

There had been about 10 Firebug extensions in 2008 and greater than 60 no 2011. Demanding to evolve a code base that should help so many extensions, belief me!

I began engaged on Firebug in 2007 and I joined John J. Barton when he was engaged on v1.2. At the moment, the Firebug Working Group began and all of us centered on constructing Firebug in addition to the group round it. These had been thrilling instances. We had been comparatively small group and each single new characteristic we launched was utilized by hundreds of thousands of individuals the subsequent day. Wed been getting large amount of suggestions and studying rather a lot about tips on how to construct visible instruments for internet developers.

The first Firebug piece I labored on was the Web panel. HTTP monitoring was all the time my cup of tea and we quickly observed loads of person requests to export knowledge collected by the panel. Implementing such a characteristic wasnt onerous, the good piece of labor was introduction of a model new format for exported knowledge. A pair years later, round October 2009, we launched the model new HTTP Archive (HAR) format with Steve Souders (page-load-performance guru and writer of YSlow, typically thought of the primary Firebug extension) and Simon Perkins. This format was an awesome success and heaps of instruments help it now.

From Steve Souders put up:

I prompt that, quite than create yet one more proprietary format, Firebug group up with HttpWatch to develop a standard format, and drive that ahead as a proposal for an business normal. I launched Simon Perkins (HttpWatch) and Jan Honza Odvarko (main Web Panel developer), then stepped again as they labored collectively to provide todays announcement.

I had good instances working with John and others on the challenge. As a outcome of Firebug was effectively written and well-architected, it was a pleasure to construct on high of it. Joe did an awesome job laying the muse to help dozens and dozens of extensions constructed atop Firebug. John J.was a superb supervisor and peer to work with. One of many ideas we invented and carried out in Firebug was associated to a model new type of breakpoint. We known as it Dynamic and Graphical Internet Web page Breakpoints. Yeah, you may know these options as Break on XHR, Break on Subsequent, Break on DOM mutation, etc.

From Firebug weblog:

Jan Honza Odvarko and I’ve submitted Dynamic and Graphical Internet Web page Breakpoints on the 1.5 breakpoints to WWW 2010. It motivates the varied breakpoints, describes the person expertise and the implementation, then relates this breakpoint work to tutorial papers.

If you need the Cliff Notes model, we even have a demo page.

Firebug 2.0 was launched in June 2014. It was a serious rewrite of the UI to find a way to make it appropriate with the model new Firefox Australis theme. We delivered on time and we had been happy with it, a real group achievement. Since that launch, weve been in upkeep mode. The most recent Firebug model on AMO is 2.0.19.

Officially, we began unifying Firebug with built-in Firefox instruments round 2016, however the reality is the method began earlier. Mozillas technique was to introduce new built-in developer instruments supplied as a default in Firefox. Trendy developer instruments written from scratch. The choice was made to not use Firebug because the platform to construct upon. Some Firebug customers and contributors had been upset by this resolution, however Mozillas infrastructure and necessities had been different at the moment. Generally its simply higher to begin from scratch, which is very true for software program development.

Most importantly, todays Firefox DevTools are in nice form and sooner than ever, based mostly on internet applied sciences like React/Redux/Webpack, cool issues. The structure is ready to help extensions. The group is nice, with skilled device builders. This is my team. 🙂

The strategy of unifying Firebug with the rebuilt devtools was accomplished with the discharge of Firebug three (aka no 2015. This prototype was constructed as an extension to built-in Firefox devtools and ultimately built-in immediately into devtools. You may find out about tips on how to migrate from Firebug. You may strive Firefox Developer Instruments by updating your launch browser or downloading Developer Edition.

Support for each old-school* extensions stops in Firefox Quantum (aka 57). Sim, together with Firebug and thats why there was nice alternative to put in writing this post.

The king is lifeless, lengthy reside the king!

Jan Honza Odvarko

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Claro, there are rather a lot of extra individuals who contributed to the Firebug challenge and made the lives of many different internet builders happier.

List of contributors: Joe Hewitt, John J. Barton (IBM Almaden), Jan Odvarko (Mozilla Corp.), Max Stepanov (Aptana Inc.), Rob Campbell (Mozilla Corp.), Hans Hillen (Paciello Group, Mozilla), Curtis Bartley (Mozilla Corp.), Mike Collins (IBM Almaden), Kevin Decker, Mike Ratcliffe (Mozilla Corp.), Hernan Rodriguez Colmeiro, Austin Andrews, Christoph Dorn, Steven Roussey (Illuminations for Developers), Sebastian Zartner, Harutyun Amirjanyan, Simon Lindholm, Stampolidis Anastasios, Joe Walker (Mozilla Corp.), Vladimir Zhuravlev, Farshid Beheshti, Leon Sorokin, Florent Fayolle, Hector Zhao, Bharath Thiruveedula, Nathan Mische, Belakhdar Abdeldjalil, Jakob Kaltenbrunner,

List of translators: Leszek(teo)Zyczkowski (pl-PL), markh (nl), peter3 (sv-SE), AlleyKat (da-DK), Hector Zhao, lovelywcm (zh-CN), Lukas Kucharczyk, Michal Kec (cs-CZ), Group, ReinekeFux, Benedikt Langens, Sebastian Zartner (de-DE), l0stintranslation, gonzalopirobutirro, Luigi Grilli (it-IT), alexxed (ro-RO), Nicolas Martin, Franck Marcia (fr-FR), gLes (hu-HU), Xavi Ivars Softcatala (ca), gezmen (tr-TR), eternoendless (es-AR), Darkish Preacher (ru), Tiago Oliveira, Diego de Carvalho Zimmermann, Alexandre Rapaki (pt-BR), Juan Botias, Alvaro G. Vicario (es-ES), Andriy Zhouck (uk-UA), Hisateru Tanaka, k2jp (ja-JP), Mohsen Shadroo (fa-IR), Eduard Babayan (hy-AM), Helder Magalhaes (pt-PT), Tomaz Macus (sl-SI), Stoyan Stefanov, Alexander Shopov (bg), Kristjan Bjarni Guomundsson (is-IS), NGUYEN Manh Hung (vi-VN), Bwah (hr-HR), Sonickydon (el), David Gonzales (es), DakSrbija (sr), bootleq (zh-TW), Asier Iturralde Sarasola, Julen Irazoki Oteiza (ue),

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