FW Editor: What are your plans or objectives in the near future?
Jean-Fabrice RABAUTE: I plan to add live html editing as well as live css editing. This feature is a big request from the users and will enable developers to test the code directly in the loaded page so development should be faster.
FW Editor: How and when did you start writing the code for DebugBar? What inspired you the most? Do you plan to develop new software, or are you more focused on optimizing the current ones?
Jean-Fabrice RABAUTE: I started to develop DebugBar in 2002 based on a personal use when I was developing several websites for clients.
At that time Firebug didn't exist yet, and my first reference was the DOM inspector present on Netscape.
I also wanted to add an http sniffer in order to be able to quickly check for cookies and other http headers.
I am planning to focus on my existing softwares, so developers can have powerful tools to develop their website.
FW Editor: DebugBar is a great learning tool and a good HTML syntax viewer. Do you plan to improve in the future?
Jean-Fabrice RABAUTE: Yes, I plan to add a live editing features, so users will be able to test HTML code without the need to reload the page.
FW Editor: Do you plan to release a Firefox version as well? In this case DebugBar will have to compete with the more popular Firebug.
Jean-Fabrice RABAUTE: I think Firebug is an awesome tool, and I don't plan to release a DebugBar version for Firebug. I prefer to focus on improving the existing IE version.
FW Editor: Can you tell us more about the concept behind DebugBar? What made you think that a tool like DebugBar was absolutely necessary?
Jean-Fabrice RABAUTE: DebugBar main goal is to provide a tool for web developers where they can develop their web sites faster.
I worked for several clients and all the web developers had the same problem while developing for IE, so I started to implement a tool that could solve this problem.
FW Editor: What are the advantages of using DebugBar over any other similar product?
Other tools usually provide only a specific features and not all the features in the same tool.
FW Editor: What is your favorite DebugBar feature and why?
Jean-Fabrice RABAUTE: The DOM Inspector is probably my favorite feature, because it provides an overview as well as a detailed access of the internals of the web page.
FW Editor: Can you tell us more about this feature? Why it is so important? Is DebugBar the same without it?
Jean-Fabrice RABAUTE: Using this feature, it's easy and fast to find out why a form is not working, why an element is not positioned correctly and many other tips of the displayed page.
FW Editor: Is there anything you would like to share with DebugBar users?
Jean-Fabrice RABAUTE: Stay tuned ! New versions of DebugBar will come with even more power for users.
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