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25 February 2011, 15:20

Google updates Chrome developer tools

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Google has revised the developer tools for its Chrome web browser. In a blog post it has explained that information about the communication between Chrome and a web server is now available in a new Network panel. You can sort and clear data that is stored there, and export network data into the HAR (HTTP Archive) format. The timing information for resource loads no longer comes from the WebKit browser engine, but from the network stack, so that it more properly represents raw network timing. Holding the mouse pointer over each entry reveals detailed timing for the different phases of loading for each resource. This solution is similar to that provided by the Firebug plug-in for Firefox.

Zoom The Network panel in Chrome's developer tools provides detailed information about the loading of resources.

The developers have also simplified the modification of CSS definitions: properties and their values are now handled in their own individual fields, and while typing, the tool makes suggestions for possible completions. In addition, you can display all the CSS properties, including those which the browser does not understand where, for example, the property could be engine-specific or simply spelt wrongly.

Google has integrated some of these changes into the free WebKit engine, and so they will in future be available for use by other browsers. These changes are included in the current version 9 of Chrome.


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