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January 19 2009

Webkit Javascript Debugger

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202px-webkit_logoWhen I have to work with Javascript I prefer to use jquery. When I do AJAX aspects with Jquery I occaisionally find myself with bugs either caused by syntax problems or poor planning. That’s when I turn on Firebug and can usually find the problem pretty quickly thanks to its comprehensive debugging options.

However, for me, Firefox is sometimes slow, crashy and a pretty poor choice for general browsing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great browser, but I have stacked in so many great plugins, I think they adversely affect its performance (and I am on a Mac, which is renowned for have the poor cousin port of Firefox). So I often use Safari or Webkit for everyday browsing. But when using that I didn’t have quick access to JS/DOM debugging if I was curious about a page behaving badly.

Well I just met Drosera, a JS debugger and utility knife for Webkit. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out. So far all good and if I didn’t have all of my bookmarks in Foxmarks it might be the final straw for me moving to webkit permanently (I might have to start using delicious again so I’m not pinned down to Firefox for bookmark management).