The latest Firefox Aurora features a number of improvements to the Web Console. Take a look at the Web Console at the bottom of the screenshot:
- First of all, the Web Console is at the bottom of the window! Many users liked the Web Console at the top of the window, but others wanted the Web Console at the bottom of the window or in a separate window. All three of those choices are now available.
- console log messages (like “This is a log message”) now include a link to the file and line that generated the message. This makes it easy to get some context around that log output.
- Requests to file:// URLs now appear in the Web Console
Here’s something else that’s new:
Previously, the Web Console provided suggestions to speed your typing. You could cycle through the suggestions, but it wasn’t always clear what the choices would be. Firefox is now even better at giving you suggestions and saving keystrokes with its new popup display of completion suggestions.
We refined several other aspects of the Web Console’s behavior. Notably, Firefox’s native
console object now includes the
trace methods that appear in other
console objects. We plan to expand the console object further in the next Firefox release.
Thanks to Mihai Sucan, David Dahl and Panagiotis Astithas for these improvements to the Web Console! Thanks also to the reviewers who helped ensure that the code is top notch: Shawn Wilsher, Gavin Sharp, Dave Townsend, Rob Campbell and Neil Rashbrook. Finally, thanks to Eric Shepherd for his documentation work on the changes.
– Kevin Dangoor on behalf of the Mozilla Developer Tools team