IE Dev Toolkit and Firefly. Need’em both.

Let’s face it, Internet Explorer and Firefox see pages differently.  I normally develop exclusively in Firefox, but the job is never done until the pages look exactly in IE as they appear in Firefox.  And you always get frustrated with the browser that you don’t normally work in, which for me would be IE.

I’ve come to appreciate the IE Developers Toolkit in eliminating that frustration.  If you use Firefly, then you know all about the Inspect tool, allowing you to hover over a CSS element and determine its properties.  In the IE Developers Toolkit, the Select Element by Click function (same far-left location on the add-in toolbar) does the same thing if not better than Firefly.  You also learn a lot of browser rendering in the process and eliminate the need for supplemental [if IE] stylesheet directives.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.