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Mozilla includes a command line interface for developers in Firefox 16

Harnesses the power of the keyboard
Wed Oct 10 2012, 14:09

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has released Firefox 16 for the PC and Android, adding developer features.

Mozilla's Firefox 16 web browser is competing against Google's Chrome and Microsoft's impending release of Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8. The outfit has announced the release of Firefox 16 for both PCs and Android smartphones, beefing up developer features and plugging security holes.

Mozilla has included a developer command line to provide web developers with the ability to interact with Firefox's developer tools through a keyboard based interface. It has added Bash-like autocomplete features to try to tempt web developers to use Firefox as their primary web browser.

On Android, Mozilla introduced a reader mode that formats text and gets rid of the superfluous junk surrounding it. It has also implemented a filter so that URLs that can wipe smartphones can no longer be opened.

As Mozilla has done for some time with Firefox on both desktop PC and Android, improvements to garbage collection algorithms bring a claimed improvement to Javascript performance. However Mozilla still has to work on the basics, at least for Firefox for Android, citing that device orientation could cause "unexpected behaviour".

Mozilla's built-in updating mechanism should mean that most desktop PC users simply have to restart Firefox to get the update, while the software outfit has already updated Firefox for Android on Google Play. µ


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