Programming - - By James Edwards

CodeBurner for Everyone v1.6

I’m delighted to announce the release of Version 1.6 of CodeBurner — our popular reference tool for web developers. This new release is a major update to all five versions, and has something new or improved for everyone!

It’s taken a little longer than planned, and that’s mostly because of the extent of the changes required for Firefox 4; which in turn meant changes to Firebug, and all of that was rather time-consuming to implement [always excuses, eh!]

But we’ve waited until all five versions were ready, before releasing them, so that everyone would be on the same version and the same updates schedule. All users are encouraged to upgrade and take advantage of the many new features and improvements.

What’s New in Version 1.6

The most important change for all versions is updated browser-compatibility information, with the latest data from the SitePoint Reference. The results now include support for Google Chrome, as well as the latest common versions of Firefox, Safari, Opera and IE:


A sample of results from CodeBurner’s main search interface.

All the latest browsers

This version of CodeBurner also extends its own browser/environment support:

For the Firebug extension
to Firefox 4.0.x and Firebug 1.7.0
For the Firefox add-on
to Firefox 4.0.x or Flock 2.6.x
For the Opera widget
to Opera 11.x
For the Mac OS X Dashboard widget
to Mac OS X 10.6
For the Adobe AIR application
Adobe AIR 2.5

Better CSS inspection

Another new feature for all five versions is the addition of at-rules to special search. “Special search” gives you information about all the attributes, properties, selectors and now at-rules that apply to a selected element, when inspecting the DOM of a page (from the HTML panel in Firebug, or the DOM tab in other versions):


Special search for the selected-element in Firebug’s HTML panel.

For Opera, Dashboard and AIR, this is made possible by an update to the bundled version of CSSUtilties, which provides more comprehensive and accurate data in the CSS view. The CSSUtilities library is what powers the CSS view, displaying information about stylesheets, their rules and properties, and how they apply to the DOM view elements:


The CSS view in CodeBurner for Dashboard.

And a bunch of other stuff!

By popular request, for the Opera and Dashboard widgets, the widget window is now resizable and remember the size you set between sessions.

And finally, as you might expect, there’s a whole bunch of minor updates, bug-fixes and tweaks, for various platforms. Too many to list here, but to give a few examples:

  • For the Firebug extension, fixed a layout bug when viewing the reference panel with the code-example side-panel closed, that would sometimes collapse the results-table beneath the search form more
  • For the Firefox add-on, fixed a bug in special search, where selectors from the system stylesheet were included in the list of “selectors that apply to this element” more
  • For the Opera widget, fixed a rendering glitch with search-area checkboxes in Windows, so you can see more clearly whether they’re checked or not more
  • For the Mac OS X Dashboard widget, improvements to the layout of the results tables, eg. the titles and summaries have more space and are easier to read more
  • For the Adobe AIR application, improvements to the layout of the “About” pane, eg. you can see at a glance which version of the application you’re running more

What do you think?

Here at CodeBurner HQ we’re keen to hear your feedback! Are there any new features you’d like to see? Are there existing features you could do without, or that you’d like more control over? We want to make CodeBurner the best possible reference tool it can be — so please do let us know what we can do to improve it.

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