By James Edwards

Announcing Version 1.1 of CodeBurner: the Reference Tool for Firebug

By James Edwards

A new version of CodeBurner has been released. This release does not rely on Firebug — it’s a standalone extension, and for a limited time comes bundled with a free book! Grab yours now.

I’m very pleased to announce an update to our highly useful Firebug extension — formerly known as FireScope, now called CodeBurner.

We changed the name because FireScope is already used by another organization in this industry — and in order to avoid any confusion, we thought we’d make a fresh start. Shame, I quite liked the name, and it took us several iterations to come up with that one! Makes me sympathize with the Firefox developers, who went through several names before arriving at the current one (remember Phoenix, anybody?).


Now we have a name that we can stick to and won’t have to change again! You’ll see that we still have the same snazzy logo and typeface though, and of course, the extension itself remains as useful and flexible as ever. In fact, we’ve just released Version 1.1, a small but handy upgrade with great features like:

  • added support for Firebug 1.4
  • direct links to online references in code examples, enabling easier access to detailed information, and live demos (where applicable)
  • user-interface improvements
  • fixed error handling when attempting to view non-existent code examples
  • fixed support-level classes for internationalization

As you can see, the name may be different, but CodeBurner is still an incredibly useful extension for web developers interested in looking up syntax, browser compatibility information, and code examples for HTML and CSS. You can install the latest version from the extension’s homepage, at


  • Wow. I never heard of CodeBurner before, but I got instantly hooked on the plugin.
    Keep up the good work!

  • krues8dr

    Hi, you all have this plugin listed as being compatible with Firefox 2, but Firebug only works on FF2 up to v1.05, so this doesn’t *really* work on FF2, since it requires Firebug 1.2. So you might wanna, you know, update your documentation to save some people a download.

  • I don’t get what you’re saying – are you saying that 1.05 is the latest version of Firebug that runs on Firefox 2, and that later versions require Firefox 3? If so, you’re not correct – Firefox 2 runs Firebug versions up to and including 1.4

    If not – can you clarify?

  • elramirez

    This is cool. It would be great to have such tool for dojo with examples and all. Great stuff.

  • blisshome

    I love this extension. A newbie’s little helper.

    Any chance you might be working on a JavaScript component for this tool?

  • BradLucky

    And yet, no support for Firefox 3.1 Beta 3? As a tool for developers, I’m surprised.

    I love the tool, though, and miss having it for the time being. Thanks for the great work!

  • krues8dr – sorry, you’re right actually, I’ve got my version numbers mixed up. Let me check that and clarify what the version support is.

    Regarding 3.1 beta – the extension does work in that version, it’s just that the mozilla directory doesn’t recognise “3.1” as a valid version number yet! Kinda silly, but

    If you want it to work, here’s what you can do:

    – download the XPI outside of Firefox, and rename it .zip
    – unzip it, open the file “install.rdf”, and look for the block of XML that’s headed by the <!– firefox –> comment
    – edit the value of <em:maxVersion> to give it the value “3.1.*”
    – rezip it, rename it .xpi, and install

    Actually, give me a minute and I’ll make an updated version.

  • BradLucky

    Impressive turn-around. That’s awesome. Thank you!

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