Mozilla Sets up Developer Center

Mozilla, the Firefox Web browser creator, launched this week its public beta of the Mozilla Developer Center (MDC), aimed at providing developers resources for building Web sites and Web applications for all Web browsers. The site features technical information for developers who plan to support the upcoming release of Firefox 1.5 and develop extensions and plug-ins for Firefox.

The site’s content ranges from tutorials and educational materials to reference documentation on open Web standards, and is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Dutch, Polish and Portuguese, Mozilla says.

MDC hosts a growing library of tutorials and technical documentation, covering topics such as Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), JavaScript and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). MDC also includes technology hubs for Firefox Extension and theme development, accessibility, localization, security, standards and more, Mozilla says.

WebWatch, a blog, is a Web developer's daily dose of key issues and trends in Web development from across the Web and highlights innovative approaches and techniques, according to Mozilla. DevNews, an RSS feed, provides up-to-date information to Firefox Extension developers and Mozilla's development community around release schedules, API changes and platform enhancements for Mozilla products.

Developers can already download Firefox 1.5 beta 1 for compatability testing. The newest version is to feature improved support for CSS2 and CSS3, APIs for scriptable and programmable 2D graphics through SVG 1.1 and , XForms and XML events, as well as many DHTML, JavaScript and DOM enhancements.
Tools to help developers support Firefox 1.5 include:

  • DOM Inspector, a tool that allows developers to inspect and modify documents without having to edit the document directly. DOM Inspector is available as part of the Custom install option in Firefox 1.5 beta under Developer Tools.
  • JavaScript console, a tool to write and test JavaScript code as well as view JavaScript and CSS errors on a page.
  • View page source, with syntax highlighting and find features.
  • Browser extensions including the Web Developer toolbar, Live HTTP Headers, HTML Validator and many more.

More info can be found at Mozilla.