Web applications having been getting increasingly sophisticated over the past couple of years. As usual, developers are pushing the boundaries of what the web can do faster than people can make tools to support their work. In-browser tools in all of the major browsers and IDEs have been charging forward, though. They provide a bunch of new capabilities to get things done quicker, and I’ll show off some of these new tricks and toys. I’ll also talk about where I think the tools fall short.
Kevin Dangoor is product manager for Mozilla’s developer tools. Though he’s worked with many languages in many environments, he is best known for his Python work as the founder of theTurboGears web framework and Paver project scripting tool. He has spoken at numerous conferences and is a co-author of Rapid Web Applications with TurboGears. More recently, his work at Mozilla has involved the Bespin browser-based code editor, starting the CommonJS project, and a new generation of developer tools for Firefox. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.