New Stuff: Style Editor, Debugger, Inspector, Web Console; Contributors!
Hey! There’s some hot new stuff in Nightlies you might not be aware of. It’s called the Style Editor and, as it says on the tin, it’s for editing CSS of your web page. You can find it in the Web Developer menu.
“But, you can already do that with the Rule View in the Page Inspector thing in Aurora,” I can hear you protest. That’s true, you’re absolutely right, but with the Style Editor, you’re editing all of the CSS files in an editor. Not just the rules applied to a specific node. This has some nice properties.
1. You get to use Orion. Complete with prettified CSS so it’ll even work on sites that have minified their style sheets.
2. You can easily save or export changes you make. This is a huge benefit when you want to tweak some styling and then get it back into the original source.
3. It’s awesome.
Please try it out and file bugs if you find them. We love that. We have a few tweaks we want to land before we ship it to Aurora, but if you spot any bad behavior, we’d like to know about it.
But, do you know what’s really cool? We have contributors showing up in our IRC channel and submitting patches. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen no fewer than 5 new “faces” in our IRC channel talking to the developers, filing bugs and submitting patches. This is fantastic stuff! For most people, their time from zero experience with Mozilla code to first patch is a day or two. Most of the hard work is setting up the build environment on their systems and wrangling with Mercurial to get the code onto their machine.
Extra thanks and kudos to, sonny, hardfire, nigelb, soswow and anybody I may have missed. The Web Console has never looked better.