It all started with Firebug.
Firebug was like a cool drink of water in the middle of a desert...
Chrome eventually replaced Firefox for me, due in no small part to the fantastic built-in developer tools; Firebug became part of Firefox, Microsoft improved Internet Explorer’s development tools and web devs across the planet rejoiced.
Writing business software to solve problems like tallying bananas, updating a twitter feed, or integrating your dishwasher into your Alexa network entails a fairly linear development arc with a straightforward problem space. Web programming on the other hand can be a more spiraling affair involving continuous integration and tedious revision. The interactive editing allowed by DevTools quickly becomes invaluable and includes a massive host of functionality but beyond that it achieves that most sacred of software goals, it just works. So much software advertises feature richness and reliability, but so often it fails to deliver. DevTools delivers. Moreover, as heavily as we use it, I get the sense that we’re probably only scratching the surface of what is possible with it.
I was prompted to write this homage after being floored by the ability to browserify some node modules, inject them into a web page, and automate some data retrieval. Again, it just worked.
We at TGG wish to thank the developers and maintainers of Chrome DevTools and the Chrome Browser for increasing our productivity, and the productivity of our clients. Keep making software that just works.