Firebug Lite for Google Chrome is not a substitute for Firebug, or Chrome Developer Tools. It is a tool to be used in conjunction with these tools. Firebug Lite provides the rich visual representation we are used to see in Firebug when it comes to HTML elements, DOM elements, and Box Model shading. It provides also some cool features like inspecting HTML elemements with your mouse, and live editing CSS properties.
Benefits over Firebug Lite
Firebug Lite for Google Chrome is basically the same you'll see
when using the bookmarklet, or including a
in your page. There are, though, some benefits by using the extension
for Google Chrome, including:
- Browser toolbar integration, providing a quick access to Firebug Lite
- It works without internet connection
- Faster loading and no FOUC (Flash of Unstyled Content), once resources will be stored in the extension's directory on your machine
- Firebug Lite will be loaded before all other scripts, allowing it to capture all console calls and all XHR requests for that page
- It is possible to activate the Firebug Lite for a particular domain, so next time you visit a page in that domain it will be automatically active.
The main limitations of the Firebug Lite version are:
- Cannot read external resources
- Won't work well on pages with frames
- Net Panel isn't available