Daniel Fisher (lennybacon.com)

SOA, DATA & THE WEB

Why Microsoft’s Browser Developer Tools suck

Ok, this is kind of a rant post. I acknowledge that Microsoft is really really doing a good job at certain (developer) spots (ASP.NET, Visual Studio, IIS, SQL Server, …). But NOT at the browser developer tools – I’m listing my issues here, hoping the IE-Team will listen and make the world better for everybody.

Dev Tools Pinning Location

Why can’t I pin the developer toolbar on the right side as in every other browser. Screens with 4:3 have gone. Widescreen is the standard. Pinning at the bottom makes no sense to me (in most cases).

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Edge

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IE11

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Firefox

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Chrome

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Opera

Open Developer Tools At Start Tab

In Edge the ability to open developer tools is disabled … for whatever reason:

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In internet explorer with about:blank this was possible…

Q: So how can i network trace an initial request?

A: Go somewhere else, Hit F12, then do what you originally wanted to do #this-is-not-intuitive

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Opera, Chrome, Firefox

Explicit enablement of network trace (<Win10)

Thank you for fixing that on Windows 10 – in IE11 on Win 8.1 it’s still disabled by default.

Please offer an update for IE/<Win10.

Initiator of network request (<Win10)

Thank you for fixing that on Windows 10 – in IE11 on Win 8.1 it’s still shows <script> and not the specific script with line and char.

Please offer an update for IE/<Win10.

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IE11.0.9600.18161/Win8.1

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IE11.63.10586.0/Win10

Dockability of Tools Window

Thank you for fixing that on Edge – In IE 11 the tools window cannot be docked with [Win] + [left|right].

Dark Theme

FF developer edition does it. Chrome can do it. IE and Edge lack a dark theme, seriously.

Call to action

So c’mon Edge Devs. Make the web developers life easier. surprise us. you can do better!

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