“Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery.” Or so they say. But I don’t know if this holds true when the imitating party is… Microsoft. Sorry Chris, it’s about time to move on to greener pastures.
Why the sarcasm? Well, Microsoft released a beta of their Developer Toolbar for Internet Explorer. So? Well, that’s what I thought. Why would I install a beta toolbar for IE when my main developement tool is Firefox with the Web Developer toolbar. Among others.
Just out of curiosity I gave it a go. You can download the developer toolbar beta for IE here. Don’t! If you are running Vista as it seems to crash the system.
So here are my first impressions.
- A complete reboot is needed to install the toolbar. I just hate to restart Firefox everytime an extension install/update is issued. Rebooting an OS for a toolbar is another.
- After reboot the toolbar is nowhere to be found. Not unless you enable the toolbar first. Again, why did I reboot?
- Upon first glance it’s a rip-off of Chris’s work. And not a good one if you ask me.
Not a good user experience to start with. Remember I was sarcastic to begin with. But, I decided to give it a little leeway as it is BETA.
So let us compare, visually first (Click to enlarge):
Outlining I’ve done for ages. Just add a generic div-rule in your CSS, stating: 1px solid #f00;. And DOM inspection was always done with ‘alert(oShowObject.style.width);’ or the likes.
The MSDT isn’t usefull right now. Unless you are only developing on/for IE only. Which any self-respecting Web Designer/Developer should not do! I mean, anyone serious about web development should at least have Firefox (Gecko!) and Opera (it’s free from now on) on their system. Only if it were to check up on things.
As a note to the MSDT developers: If you are going to rip off Chris’s work. Do it right. And extend. Give us developers something we cannot live without. The current toolbar sucks.
And a final note to Chris: The MSDT has a ruler function. Not that I’m waiting for it. But if you build that in and add some extra features I think this is the last we’ll see from the MSDT.
Take your pick.
Update 2: I’ve decided to keep it just because of the ‘Resize’ functionality.