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* This page is intended to summarize plans and directions for Firebug.next
* This page is intended to summarize plans and directions for Firebug.next
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* Provide any feedback on Firebug [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/firebug newsgroup]
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* This summary should also help [http://groups.google.com/group/firebug-working-group FWG] to prioritize planned steps and features.
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== Strategy ==
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This section describes goals and strategy that keeps Firebug a competitive in-browser tool and leader in space of in-browser developer tools.
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* Provide any feedback on Firebug [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/firebug newsgroup]
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* Improve memory footprint & performance
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* Reuse built-in dev-tools API and components
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* Innovate features that only Firebug can deliver
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* Extension compatibility
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* Faster release cycle
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== Version Numbering ==
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The next planned version number is: '''1.11'''
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== Status ==
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Development happens on [http://getfirebug.com/releases/firebug/1.11/ Firebug 1.11] branch (currently alpha).
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Current status of Firebug development.
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=== Firebug 1.8 ===
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If a significant new feature (or set of features) is introduced in new release the version numbering can move into 2.* scheme. An example of such feature can be support for remote debugging.
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Development frozen on this branch.
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=== Firebug 1.9 ===
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== Schedule ==
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[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/firebug/ Firebug 1.9] is the last released version (available on AMO and getfirebug.com) compatible with Firefox 5-13. Selected patches will be back-ported from 1.10.
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The goal is to introduce new Firebug release till the end of 2012
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=== Firebug 1.10 ===
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{| class="wikitable" style=""
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Development happens on [http://getfirebug.com/releases/firebug/1.10/ Firebug 1.10] branch (currently alpha).
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! style="width:200px" | Phase || style="width:200px" | Start Date
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| Alpha || Started
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| Beta || 9th of November
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| Final Release || 7th of December
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|}
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* The entire release cycle (from the first alpha to the final release) should target 4-5 months
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* The beta phase should be at least 4 weeks
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* The new release should introduce 8-10 new features (or significant bug fixes)
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== Goals for Firebug.next ==
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== Suggested Features ==
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Use this section to suggest any feature you'd like to see in Firebug.next.
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* Improve memory footprint & performance
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* JSD2 Adoption
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* Reuse built-in dev-tools API and components
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* Remote Debugging
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* Innovate features that only Firebug can deliver
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* Integrating FireClosure
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== Summary ==
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== Planned Features / Changes ==
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This section summarizes all features that are planned for Firebug.next. Every feature in this section must have an owner.
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See the following table that summarizes list of features and dev folks working on them.
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=== Regular Tasks ===
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Append yourself as a developer to features you are interested in to participate.
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* [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/list?can=2&q=blocks%3A1.10 Firebug 1.10 blockers] (not fixed)
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* [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/list?can=2&q=blocks%3A1.11 Firebug 1.11 blockers]
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=== Feature Overview ===
{| class="wikitable" style="width: 100%;"
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! style="width:200px" | Feature || style="width:120px" | Developers || Related Issues || Status
! style="width:200px" | Feature || style="width:120px" | Developers || Related Issues || Status
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| Delayed Firebug Load || Honza, Harutyun || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=4989 Issue 4989]: Separate global UI (browser.xul) from Firebug UI (firebugFrame.xul) || style="background-color:#00B400; font-weight:bold; color:white;" | done
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| Adopt JSD2 || Honza, Sebastian, Farshid || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5421 Issue 5421]: Adopt JSD2 || style="background-color:gold; font-weight:bold;" | started
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| Orion Text View || Honza || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5219 Issue 5219]: Use SourceEditor (Orion) for Command Editor<br/>[http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5175 Issue 5175]: Integrate Orion as replacement for the Script panel UI || style="background-color:gold;" | started
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| Firecookie || Honza || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5422 Issue 5422]: Integrate Firecookie into Firebug || style="background-color:#00B400; font-weight:bold; color:white;" | done
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| Group Console Messages || Sebastian || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=4979 Issue 4979]: Group console messages || style="background-color:gold; font-weight:bold;" | started
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| Remote HTTP Monitor || Honza || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5423 Issue 5423]: Integrate HTTP Monitor into Firebug || style="background-color:gold;" | started
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| SPDY Support || Bharath || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5696 Issue 5696]: SPDY support in the Net panel || style="background-color:#00B400; font-weight:bold; color:white;" | done
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| Support for <code>PerformanceTiming</code> || Honza || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5843 Issue 5843]: Support for PerformanceTiming spec || style="background-color:#00B400; font-weight:bold; color:white;" | done
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| Integrate SelectBug || Honza || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5931 Issue 5843]: Integrate SelectBug extension into Firebug || style="background-color:#00B400; font-weight:bold; color:white;" | done
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| Restart-less Firebug Extensions || Honza || TODO || style="background-color:#00B400; font-weight:bold; color:white;" | done
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| Improve <code>$x()</code> || Sebastian || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=18 Issue 18]: Beef up $x || style="background-color:#00B400; font-weight:bold; color:white;" | done
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| JSD2 || Honza || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5421 Issue 5421]: Implement JSD2 || style="background-color:#C8C8C8;" | not started
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| Auto-completion for [[Command Line|Command Editor]] || Simon || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=55 Issue 55]: Auto-completion for Command Editor<br/>[http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5741 issue 5741]: Auto-completion within expression in Command Line || style="background-color:lightgrey; font-weight:bold; color:black;" | not started
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| Review Internal File Structure || Honza, Sebastian || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=4960 Issue 4960]: Review internal file structure || style="background-color:gold;" | started
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| Event types filter || Sebastian || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=229 Issue 229]: Allow event types to be filtered with "Log Events" || style="background-color:gold; font-weight:bold;" | started
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| Style Tracing || Sebastian || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=2916 Issue 2916]: Trace Styles Feature || style="background-color:#00B400; font-weight:bold; color:white;" | done
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| Syntax highlighting for JavaScript || Honza || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=4823 Issue 4823]: Native javascript code color/highlight (without FireRainbow extension)<br/>[http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5175 Issue 5175]: Integrate Orion as replacement for the Script panel UI || style="background-color:gold; font-weight:bold;" | started
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| New Inspector || - || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=4848 Issue 4848]: Create new SVG inspector || style="background-color:#C8C8C8;" | not started
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| Delete all watch expressions at once || Florent || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5639 Issue 5639]: Allow deleting all watch expressions at once || style="background-color:#00B400; font-weight:bold; color:white;" | done
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| Net Panel Improvements || - || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=2617 Issue 2617]: Net panel header should be fixed on top instead of scrolling with the content || style="background-color:#C8C8C8;" | not started
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| Activate Same Origin URLs enhancements || Sebastian || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=2202 Issue 2202]: Activate Same Origin URLs enhancements || style="background-color:#00B400; font-weight:bold; color:white;" | done
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| HTML Entities || Sebastian || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=3159 Issue 3159]: Show numeric character reference of MathML || style="background-color:#00B400; font-weight:bold; color:white;" | done
 
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| Breakpoint Improvements || - || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=4378 Issue 4378]: Move editing of breakpoint conditions to Breakpoints Side Panel<br/>[http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=2817 Issue 2817]: Hit counts for breakpoints || style="background-color:#C8C8C8;" | not started
 
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| Group Console Messages || Sebastian || [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=4979 Issue 4979]: Group console messages || style="background-color:gold;" | started
 
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== New Features for 1.10 ==
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* Feature planning should keep in mind the suggested release schedule above
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This section lists of all suggested areas FWG should focus on in Firebug 1.10
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Regular Tasks:
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=== Feature Description ===
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* [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/list?can=2&q=label%3Ablocks-1.10&colspec=ID+Type+Status+Owner+Test+Summary+Reporter&cells=tiles Firebug 1.10 blockers]
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This section provides detailed description of all planned features.
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* Memory leaks ([https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=zombiehunter Zombie Hunter] is necessary)
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** Fixing memory leaks is still the top Firebug priority.
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=== Delayed Firebug Load ===
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==== Adopt JSD2 ====
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Firebug UI & Logic is mostly running inside an iframe (chrome://firebug/content/firebugFrame.xul). The goal here is to load the content of the iframe on demand at soon as the user needs Firebug the first time.
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Firebug script debugger and all related features like BON (break on ...) should be based on new JSD2 API. Using JSD2 API will also enable remote debugging.
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However there are some pieces that are running within the global Firefox UI (browser.xul) and must be loaded immediately after the browser window is loaded.
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Part of this task is also internal Firebug architecture refactoring so it's ready for remote debugging features. Note that adopting JSD2 doesn't automatically mean that Firebug is remote-debugging-ready. This is covered by [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5837 issue 5837]
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* Page context menu (inspector, open with editor)
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Note that this task doesn't have to make it into Firebug.next, but it could be possible (if useful) to at least merge code changes.
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* Firebug global menu (tool, view, web developer, ...)
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* Firebug start button (Firefox toolbar)
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* Firebug iframe and a splitter
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Firebug iframe content should be automatically loaded when the user presses F12 or uses any command available through an existing menu or a keyboard shortcut. Such functionality requires all global parts to be clearly separated and independent for the Firebug UI itself (the one running in the iframe).
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'''Resources:'''
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* [https://getfirebug.com/wiki/index.php/Firebug_1.7:_Mozilla_Backend Firebug 1.7 BTI]
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* [https://getfirebug.com/wiki/index.php/Script_Panel_Refactoring Script Panel Refactoring]
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* [https://getfirebug.com/wiki/index.php/Remoting_Prototype Remoting Prototype]
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* [https://getfirebug.com/wiki/index.php/Remoting_Architecture Remoting Architecture]
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'''Source Repository:'''
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* Separate ''Firebug UI'' from ''Global UI'' (create separate directory for global parts)
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Development happens on [https://github.com/firebug/firebug/commits/jsd2 JSD2 branch]
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* Create a command dispatcher for global commands that loads Firebug if necessary.
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* Initialize global UI independently of Firebug availability (e.g. translations)
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* Adapt to the current
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=== Orion Text View Integration ===
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==== SPDY Support ====
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The Script panel content (JavaScript text view) should be based on Orion Text View. The goal here is to have syntax coloring and improved performance for huge scripts.
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'''Tasks:'''
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* Display use of SPDY protocol for requests inside [[Net Panel]]
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==== Group Console Messages ====
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* Remove all code related to Script panel content generation (firebug/js/sourceBox module)
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Console messages optionally need to be grouped to avoid spamming the [[Console Panel]].
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* Integrate Orion Text View
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* Create a new Orion breakpoint ruler
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* Support for tooltips displaying result of and evaluated expressions under the mouse (based on Orion Text Styler)
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* Part of the integration is also using SourceEditor (Firefox 8+) for multiline console (command editor).
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=== Firecookie Integration ===
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'''Tasks:'''
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[http://www.softwareishard.com/blog/firecookie/ Firecookie] is a an extension for Firebug that makes possible to view and manage cookies in your browser.
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* Group error messages
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* Group messages produced by the <code>console</code> object
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It was required many times to have such functionality included in Firebug by default.
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==== Support for <code>PerformanceTiming</code> ====
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Performance timing data accessible through <code>window.performance.timing</code> should be displayed.
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'''Tasks:'''
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* Firecookie code base doesn't support AMD
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* Decide where and how to display the data (probably inside [[Console Panel]])
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* The code should be divided into more (AMD) modules
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* Create the graphical display
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* Support for backward compatibility can be removed
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* Blocking [http://code.google.com/p/firecookie/issues/list issues] should be fixed
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* Firecookie automated tests should be merged into Firebug test list
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=== Remote HTTP Monitor ===
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==== Integrate SelectBug ====
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The Net panel should use [https://wiki.mozilla.org/Remote_Debugging_Protocol Remote Debugging Protocol] (RDP) to communicate with the server side that is performing HTTP monitoring. This should enabled remote HTTP monitoring e.g. for mobile devices.
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* Integrate SelectBug
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* Fix any occurring errors
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==== Improve <code>$x()</code> ====
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* nsIActivityDistributor
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The [[Command Line API]] <code>[[$x()]]</code> should cover all functionality of <code>[https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/DOM/document.evaluate document.evaluate()]</code>.
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* nsIWebProgressListener (monitors the file:/// protocol)
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* nsIObserver (monitors ''http-on-*'' events to catch also [http://www.softwareishard.com/blog/firebug/firebug-16-tracking-also-bfcache-reads/ BFCache] responses)
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* [http://getfirebug.com/wiki/index.php/HTTP_Monitor HTTP Monitor]
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* Define new actors and extend the RDP protocol
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* Clean separation of the client and server parts
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=== Restart-less Firebug Extensions ===
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There should be a way how to install Firebug and extensions without Firefox restart. Some API related to dynamic registration are already available.
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* Review extension example
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* Update documentation/tutorial
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* http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=4686
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* https://github.com/cadorn/jetpack-firebug
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=== JSD2 ===
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JSD2 (also known as JSDBG2 or JSDBGAPI) represents new API for JS debugging in Firefox.
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Jim Blandy and Jason Orendorff are working on a JS implementation of JSD built on top of the JSDBG2 API (a wrapper). This wrapper should be injected into Firebug and make it compatible with JSDBG2. Prototype implementation [http://hg.mozilla.org/users/jblandy_mozilla.com/firebug-on-jsdbg2/ is available] (Firebug 1.9 fork).
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* [https://wiki.mozilla.org/Debugger Debugger]
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* [https://wiki.mozilla.org/DevTools/Features/Debugger DevTools Debugger]
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* [https://wiki.mozilla.org/Remote_Debugging_Protocol Remote Debugging Protocol]
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=== Review Internal File Structure ===
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If parts break extensions, they will go into 2.0.
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* Convert last few files into (AMD) modules
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* Suggest places/modules that needs refactoring (e.g. TabWatcher)
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=== Style tracing ===
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The [[CSS Panel]] should offer a different view on CSS properties to allow to find out how a specific value was generated.
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* Investigate [http://dxr.mozilla.org/mozilla/mozilla-central/browser/devtools/styleinspector/CssLogic.jsm.html built-in CSS API]
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** <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">Add option to the CSS panel to toggle between the current view and the property-based view</span> &rArr; reused the [[Computed Side Panel]] for this
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** Add display of assigned properties, which can be expanded to see the trace
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** Allow disabling of single styles in the trace and the complete style trace &rArr; put into [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5527 issue 5527].
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=== New Inspector ===
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Firebug should reuse the existing built-in Inspector to avoid conflicts with the page styles.
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* Investigate [http://dxr.mozilla.org/mozilla/mozilla-central/browser/devtools/styleinspector/StyleInspector.jsm.html built-in Inspector API]
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* Replace Firebug Inspector
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=== Net Panel Improvements ===
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* Net panel header should not scroll.
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=== HTML entities ===
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The [[HTML Panel]] needs different options how entities are displayed.
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* [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=3159#c23 Undocumented API].
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* Implement new mapping function in <code>lib/string.js</code> including the API
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=== Breakpoint Improvements ===
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Several new features related to breakpoints should be introduced.
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It should be possible to specify how many times a breakpoint should be hit before it breaks the script execution as well as to create and edit breakpoint conditions in the [[Breakpoints Side Panel]].
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=== Group Console Messages ===
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== Further Suggestions ==
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Please append further suggestions for new 1.10 features in this section so. We'll yet discuss all these suggestions.
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* Let <code>$x()</code> return arrays, strings, integers and booleans
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* Add a parameter to specify the root element
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* Add a parameter to specify the return type
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=== Better user feedback ===
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==== Auto-completion for Command Editor ====
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This has been already discussed before. It could be useful to have more feedback from Firebug users and use it for targeted improvements. The feedback should be collected using Testpilot and its related infrustructure and/or through a Firebug extension.
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Add the [[Command Line]] auto-completion to the (multi-line) [[Command Line|Command Editor]] inside the [[Console Panel]].
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* Allow auto-completion within an expression
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* Add auto-completion to the Command Editor
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* Enhance positioning of the Completion List Popup
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==== Event types filter ====
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* [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=2633 Issue 2633]: Instrumentation for Firebug aka "Help Improve Firebug"
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The user should have the possibility to choose certain event types to be logged to the [[Console Panel]].
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* [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/source/browse/#svn%2Fextensions%2Fbugpilot BugPilot]
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=== Mapping of URLs to file system paths ===
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Firebug currently doesn't have any connection to the server files. Many people don't understand that and they are asking how to achieve that.
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* Create menu items for the different event groups
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* Refactor setting the event types to work together with the ones set via <code>[[monitorEvents()]]</code>.
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==== Syntax highlighting for JavaScript ====
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* How is this related to Firediff?
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The [[Script Panel]] should have syntax highlighting enabled for the displayed JavaScript code.
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* [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5035 issue 5035]
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* Replace <code>SourceBox</code> code by Orion
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* Re-add context menu options
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* Adjust CSS to match the Firebug UI
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=== Integrate more extensions into Firebug ===
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==== Deleting all watch expressions at once ====
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Apart from Firecookie integration, [http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=5440 EventBug was asked to be integrated into Firebug].
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Allow removing all watch expressions added to the [[Watch Side Panel]] at the same time.
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* FireStarter: No, because it just enhances the current activation model.
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* NetExport: Possibly in a future release.
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* ConsoleExport: No, export functionality probably won't be used that often.
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Instead [[Swarms]] should be pushed, so users will install the extensions they need.
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* Add a context menu option "Delete All Watches"
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=== Integrate more web dev tools APIs/Components ===
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==== Activate Same Origin URLs enhancements ====
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Firebug should share more APIs with the web dev tools team.
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Firebug [[Activation]] needs to distinguish between subdomains when ''[[Firebug Menu|Activate Same Origin]]'' is enabled.
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[https://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/file/654ac86492e8/browser/devtools Available APIs]
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'''Tasks:'''
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* Change the activation logic to consider subdomains
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== Resources ==
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* [https://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/file/654ac86492e8/browser/devtools/webconsole Web Console APIs]
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* [https://getfirebug.com/wiki/index.php/Firebug_Roadmap_1.10 Firebug 1.10 Roadmap]
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* [https://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/file/654ac86492e8/browser/devtools/styleeditor Style Editor APIs]
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* [https://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/file/654ac86492e8/browser/devtools/debugger Debugger APIs]
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Strategy

This section describes goals and strategy that keeps Firebug a competitive in-browser tool and leader in space of in-browser developer tools.

  • Improve memory footprint & performance
  • Reuse built-in dev-tools API and components
  • Innovate features that only Firebug can deliver
  • Extension compatibility
  • Faster release cycle

Version Numbering

The next planned version number is: 1.11

Development happens on Firebug 1.11 branch (currently alpha).

If a significant new feature (or set of features) is introduced in new release the version numbering can move into 2.* scheme. An example of such feature can be support for remote debugging.

Schedule

The goal is to introduce new Firebug release till the end of 2012

Phase Start Date
Alpha Started
Beta 9th of November
Final Release 7th of December
  • The entire release cycle (from the first alpha to the final release) should target 4-5 months
  • The beta phase should be at least 4 weeks
  • The new release should introduce 8-10 new features (or significant bug fixes)

Suggested Features

Use this section to suggest any feature you'd like to see in Firebug.next.

  • JSD2 Adoption
  • Remote Debugging
  • Integrating FireClosure

Planned Features / Changes

This section summarizes all features that are planned for Firebug.next. Every feature in this section must have an owner.

Regular Tasks

Feature Overview

Feature Developers Related Issues Status
Adopt JSD2 Honza, Sebastian, Farshid Issue 5421: Adopt JSD2 started
Group Console Messages Sebastian Issue 4979: Group console messages started
SPDY Support Bharath Issue 5696: SPDY support in the Net panel done
Support for PerformanceTiming Honza Issue 5843: Support for PerformanceTiming spec done
Integrate SelectBug Honza Issue 5843: Integrate SelectBug extension into Firebug done
Improve $x() Sebastian Issue 18: Beef up $x done
Auto-completion for Command Editor Simon Issue 55: Auto-completion for Command Editor
issue 5741: Auto-completion within expression in Command Line
not started
Event types filter Sebastian Issue 229: Allow event types to be filtered with "Log Events" started
Syntax highlighting for JavaScript Honza Issue 4823: Native javascript code color/highlight (without FireRainbow extension)
Issue 5175: Integrate Orion as replacement for the Script panel UI
started
Delete all watch expressions at once Florent Issue 5639: Allow deleting all watch expressions at once done
Activate Same Origin URLs enhancements Sebastian Issue 2202: Activate Same Origin URLs enhancements done
  • Feature planning should keep in mind the suggested release schedule above

Feature Description

This section provides detailed description of all planned features.

Adopt JSD2

Firebug script debugger and all related features like BON (break on ...) should be based on new JSD2 API. Using JSD2 API will also enable remote debugging.

Part of this task is also internal Firebug architecture refactoring so it's ready for remote debugging features. Note that adopting JSD2 doesn't automatically mean that Firebug is remote-debugging-ready. This is covered by issue 5837

Note that this task doesn't have to make it into Firebug.next, but it could be possible (if useful) to at least merge code changes.

Resources:

Source Repository: Development happens on JSD2 branch

SPDY Support

Tasks:

  • Display use of SPDY protocol for requests inside Net Panel

Group Console Messages

Console messages optionally need to be grouped to avoid spamming the Console Panel.

Tasks:

  • Group error messages
  • Group messages produced by the console object

Support for PerformanceTiming

Performance timing data accessible through window.performance.timing should be displayed.

Tasks:

  • Decide where and how to display the data (probably inside Console Panel)
  • Create the graphical display

Integrate SelectBug

Tasks:

  • Integrate SelectBug
  • Fix any occurring errors

Improve $x()

The Command Line API $x() should cover all functionality of document.evaluate().

Tasks:

  • Let $x() return arrays, strings, integers and booleans
  • Add a parameter to specify the root element
  • Add a parameter to specify the return type

Auto-completion for Command Editor

Add the Command Line auto-completion to the (multi-line) Command Editor inside the Console Panel.

Tasks:

  • Allow auto-completion within an expression
  • Add auto-completion to the Command Editor
  • Enhance positioning of the Completion List Popup

Event types filter

The user should have the possibility to choose certain event types to be logged to the Console Panel.

Tasks:

  • Create menu items for the different event groups
  • Refactor setting the event types to work together with the ones set via monitorEvents().

Syntax highlighting for JavaScript

The Script Panel should have syntax highlighting enabled for the displayed JavaScript code.

Tasks:

  • Replace SourceBox code by Orion
  • Re-add context menu options
  • Adjust CSS to match the Firebug UI

Deleting all watch expressions at once

Allow removing all watch expressions added to the Watch Side Panel at the same time.

Tasks:

  • Add a context menu option "Delete All Watches"

Activate Same Origin URLs enhancements

Firebug Activation needs to distinguish between subdomains when Activate Same Origin is enabled.

Tasks:

  • Change the activation logic to consider subdomains

Resources

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