"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."