Firebug 1.8.0 brings Firefox 5.0 support
The Firebug Working Group has released version 1.8.0 of Firebug, the first version of the web debugger that is fully compatible with Firefox 5. The developers say that they have focused on improving stability and performance, while still adding several feature enhancements.
Improvements have been made to the Script location list, command line content is now persistent across reloads, and HTML Previews can be adjusted via drag-and-drop. Other changes include internal architecture updates, new CSS panel colour tooltips, shortcuts for tweaking CSS values, and better support for external editors.
Last month, John Barton, a leading Firebug developer, announced that he would be withdrawing from development work after being unable to convince IBM, his previous employer, to support him for a further year. Barton has now joined Google's Chrome browser team and has said that, as most major browsers have or will soon have their own built-in debuggers, the future for Firebug is unclear.
Further information can be found in a post on the Firebug Development Blog, in the release notes and on the Firebug 1.8 New Features page on Mozilla Hacks. Firebug 1.8 is available to download from the project's web site and is released under the new BSD licence.