Feeds

Mozilla strokes coders with Firefox 6

JavaScript Scratchpad

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Mozilla has officially released Firefox 6, offering a new JavaScript editor and several other tools aimed at web developers.

Over the weekend, the open source outfit posted the latest stable version of Firefox to its FTP servers, but the browser wasn't formally released on the web until Tuesday.

Firefox 6 is the second incarnation of the browser released under Mozilla's new quarterly development cycle. Previously, the organization rolled out a new Firefox every eighteen months or so, but then Google upped the ante.

With the latest version, Mozilla says, it has improved the startup time of Panorma, a means of organizing your browser tabs, and it has tweaked the "Awesome Bar" – the Firefox address bar – to make it easier to identify exactly where you are on the web. But the biggest changes are for developers.

Mozilla has added a text editor called Scratchpad that lets developers enter, execute, test, and tweak JavaScript code. The idea to offer an alternative to Firefox's Web Console or the Firebug command line, which are designed around a single-line interface. "Interaction with Scratchpad is quite different. It throws away the 'one line of input gives you a line of output' interaction in favor of a text editor that knows how to run JavaScript," Mozilla says.

But if you prefer the Web Console, Mozilla has updated it as well, improving the auto-complete tool and letting you change where the console is located. In the past, the console was anchored to the top of the browser window, but you can now move it to the bottom or open it in a separate window.

The open source outfit has also added a "Window.matchMedia" API to help developers optimize their site or web app across disparate platforms, and "Prefixed WebSockets" and "server-sent event" APIs, designed to facilitate communication between Firefox and back-end web servers.

Packed with all sorts of additional security and bug fixes, Firefox is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can download it here.

Mozilla also released a new version of Firefox for Android on Tuesday, adding a new welcome screen designed to provide quicker access to various tools, working to improve image rendering, and rolling in a few tools for those building mobile web apps. This includes a "single touch events" API, for detecting screen touches and gestures, and IndexedDB API, which provides local database storage for apps that need to work offline.

The new Firefox for Android is now available from Google's Android Market. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function
Content aggregation, meet the workplace ... oh
Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM
Honestly, it’s a piece of piss
Do Moan! MONSTER 6-day EMAIL OUTAGE hits Domain Monster
Customers freaked out by frightful service
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden
If it ain't Microsoft, it's in fashion behind the Great Firewall
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.