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Mozilla Developers Talk Up Firefox as a Key Development Tool

Mar 29, 2010, 13:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"For many users of Mozilla's open source Firefox Web browser, Firefox is simply a tool for looking at Web content. For others, Firefox is an enabling tool to actually help develop content and code for the Web.

"This week, Mozilla released the results of a developer survey it conducted in November 2009. The survey received responses from 5,054 developers spread across 119 countries and provides some insights into how developers work with Firefox -- and what about Firefox makes it so critical as a tool for developing.

"The survey found that the chief reason for Firefox's popularity as a developer tool is its large ecosystem of Web development add-ons. Almost 90 percent of those polled cited Firefox's developer-centric add-ons as being central to their Web development efforts -- ahead of text editors (approximately 65 percent) ; graphics applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or the open source Gimp (about 45 percent); and tools like Eclipse, IE8 Developer Tools, Safari Inspector, Dreamweaver and Flash, all of which came in at under 30 percent usage."

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