Mozilla to launch a new browser - just for developers

Next week developers will be handed a browser ready for debugging and testing web apps on all platforms.

Mozilla is to release a new browser that puts developer tools front and centre, rather than focusing on new features for end-users.

The foundation yesterday announced plans to launch the browser for developers on 10 November, but released scant details about it save for it boosting developers' productivity by ironing out problems using multiple tools to do tasks like debugging. According to Mozilla, what they'll get next week is "something familiar but unique".

"When building for the web, developers tend to use a myriad of different tools which often don’t work well together. This means you end up switching between different tools, platforms and browsers which can slow you down and make you less productive," Mozilla said in blog post.

"We've redesigned the browser by looking at it through a completely new filter to put developers’ interests first. It’s built by developers for developers so you can debug the whole web, allowing you to more easily build awesome web experiences," it added.

Two tools that will be integrated into the developer-focussed browser are WebIDE and Firefox Tools Adapter.

WebIDE shipped with Firefox 33 last month. It helps developers build new web apps from within the browser as well as iron out bugs on different Firefox OS devices using the Firefox OS Simulator.

As Mozilla's Hacks blog previously highlighted when the tool was integrated into its Nightly Firefox builds, at the core of WebIDE is the Firefox Remote Debugging Protocol, which is useful for debugging apps on  Firefox Desktop, Firefox Android, and Firefox OS. But the tool aims to be able to talk to all mobile browsers, regardless of rendering engines, and thereby extend support for web apps on Chrome for Android and Safari for iOS — again furthering its vision for developers to build web apps anywhere rather than for single platforms.

Firefox Tools Adapter is a newer tool similarly aimed at debugging apps across browsers on the desktop, Android, and iOS.

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