Firefox tools to help web application testing and development
There has been several blogs that lists the best Firefox extensions that are out there. Since Pingdom are operating in the web performance and monitoring field we decided to make our own list of valuable Firefox extensions.
In this list we don’t cover the well known extensions such as Web Developer Toolbar and Firebug but rather focused on “lesser known” ones that can help development and testing. Extensions that deal with HTML, CSS, SEO and design were also ignored since other blogs have already made good lists of these kinds of tools.
Let’s get on to the list.
YSlow has received great attention which is hardly a surprise since it’s such a good tool. It can analyze web sites and give you information about all requests that are made, load time, component sizes and also give you tips on how you can improve the speed of your web site. This extension requires that Firebug is installed.
Using Firecookie you can view and manage cookies. It also has a console where you can see when cookies are created, changed or deleted. This extension requires that Firebug is installed.
Live HTTP Headers as the name says lets you view the headers sent by the web server. This can be useful when debugging web applications. It also lets you edit request headers and replay a request.
HttpFox monitors and analyzes all incoming and outgoing http traffic between the browser and the web server. It displays all request and response headers, sent and received cookies, querystring parameter, POST parameters and response body.
Poster is a tool for interacting with web services and other web resources and analyze the result. You can make HTTP requests and edit the body and content type and then inspect the result.
This extension lets you easily disable and enable the DNS Cache in Firefox.
TestGen4Web is a tool that lets you record actions in Firefox to a XML file which can later be played back. The output can also be translated into formats so the recorded tests can be processed in other software as automated test scripts.
Selenium is a test tool for web applications where Selenium IDE is the recorder, much like TestGen4Web. It can record and playback actions and save the recordings as different scripts.
For more Firefox extensions for web development and design, see the following blogs: