Which Browser Do You Use for Web Development?

The browser landscape has changed significantly during the past decade. There was little choice 10 years ago — you needed to develop and test your code in IE (or Netscape 4 if you were really unlucky). Then Firefox became the developer’s weapon of choice 5 years ago: it offered the best debugging tools and prompted the rise of Web2.0 applications.

Today, the situation has vastly improved and you lucky developers are spoiled for choice:

  • Firefox still has the widest range of tools and web development add-ons.
  • Safari and Chrome offer the webkit inspector and, if that’s not enough, decent extensions are appearing in Google’s browser (watch out for a series of Chrome extension articles on SitePoint soon).
  • Opera has DragonFly, one of the better JavaScript consoles, and a number of web developer widgets.
  • Finally, IE8 provides capable Developer Tools and some add-ons which may help your coding efforts.

But which is the most widely-used web development browser in 2010? I suspect Firefox will retain the crown, but Chrome’s popularity is increasing rapidly. Others swear by Opera. Does it makes sense to use IE if you’re developing corporate intranet applications?

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Please cast your vote on the SitePoint home page and leave your comments below. Which browser makes your daily development duties more bearable?