Firefox Friday #1 – Useful Plugins for SharePoint Development
As SharePoint developers we are bound to IE but often fallback to other browsers for various reasons such as performance, HTML standards compliance, or in my case with Firefox – the plugins available. The official Technet on what is and is not supported on various browsers (Chrome is notably not even in there): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263526.aspx. I will follow up this post with a list of what specifically will not work with SharePoint when using Firefox (so you can’t say I didn’t warn you!)
While Google Chrome is definitely a solid choice, if you are using Firefox the following plugins will help you out:
Various network tweaks that deliver a zippy experience. This will also speed up your SharePoint user experience greatly too.
- Prefetch Links
Dynamic speed increases can be obtained with Fasterfox’s unique
prefetching mechanism, which recycles idle bandwidth by silently
loading and caching all of the links on the page you are browsing.
- Tweak Network
Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering
settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache,
DNS cache, and initial paint delay.
- Page Load Timer
A millisecond accurate page load timer tests the effectiveness
of your settings.
- Block Popups
A popup blocker for popups initiated by Flash plug-ins is also
1. Remember, just because you’ve got a turbocharged browser doesn’t mean your colleagues or clients do. This plugin is a double-edged sword because you can get lazy or indifferent about performance problems on web applications. If you are developing, testing, or QA’ing systems you should either use a different browser (COUGH IETester COUGH) or temporarily disable Fasterfox.
2. The out of the box setting in the Firefox > Add-Ons > FasterFox > Options menu is “Optimized“. Set that bad boy to “Turbo Charged” and to hell with playing nice with server resources – our time is worth more!
Windows Media Player Plugin for Firefox
Description: Lets you run Windows Media content in Firefox. In particular you will be able to stream WMV videos such as the ones we have in the newly minted it groove SharePoint center directly in your browser window.
Web Developer Toolbar
Description: Adds a toolbar with a slew of options essential for anything webby. CSS, Forms, Images, Cookies, Viewing Source – instantly get Xray vision into any web page.
iMacros for Firefox
Description: Automate Firefox. Record and replay repetitious work. If you love the
Firefox web browser, but are tired of repetitive tasks like visiting the
same sites every days, filling out forms, and remembering passwords,
then iMacros for Firefox is the solution you’ve been dreaming of!
***Whatever you do with Firefox, iMacros can automate it.***
Description: With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your
browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program.
You can Zoom the page you are viewing and measure distances between any
two points on the page. The built-in palette browser allows choosing
colors from pre-defined color sets and saving the most used colors in
Basic end-user usage could be grabbing the color code for the blue from a clients logo and matching it up to another design element.
Description: Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of web development tools
at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor