Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/07/opera_dragonfly/

Opera Dragonfly emerges from pupa

Debug tool aims to metamorphise web development

By John Leyden

Posted in Applications, 7th May 2008 11:27 GMT

Browser maker Opera has released an early version of a tool to help developers debug web pages. It hopes Opera Dragonfly will assist developers in making the experience of surfing the net consistent across web-enabled mobiles, desktops, and consoles while prompting the adoption of open standards.

Opera Dragonfly is designed to debug web pages, widgets, and web applications on any device. The Alpha version of the tool comes with Opera 9.5 beta 2. Opera Dragonfly includes a JavaScript Debugger, DOM and CSS Inspectors, Error Console and Command Line, among other features.

It promotes the adoption of open web standards and pushes the idea of making web pages accessible from any device.

"With Opera Dragonfly we take an important step toward our vision by providing web developers with the tools to unify both development and experiences across devices," Opera Software chief development officer Christen Krogh said.

Opera has released the source code for Dragonfly under the BSD license, making the code itself available for inspection and reuse. It invites feedback from web designers and developers on the tool, which is still in the early stages of development.

Features in Opera Dragonfly Alpha include:

To test Opera Dragonfly, download Opera 9.5 beta 2 here (launch the browser and go to Tools/Advanced/Developer Tools).®