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Testing Firefox 4 Beta 1

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Well, Firefox 4b1 has just been lauched and we had the chance to test it and use it for quite a while.
The first thing I did was to test it running some crazy heacy scripts, like https://bit.ly/DvVL and https://bit.ly/ppahL. I gotta say, it was impressive. Those scripts simply couldn’t run at Firefox in the previous version, now, they run just as chrome does. It made me happy about this release.
Then, testing it with acid3, it reached the 97 points. I think it could be better, specially because either chrome, safari and opera reached 100. Though, those 3 missing points are related to the SVG Fonts, which were deliberately not implemented, using WOFF instead, as you can see in the Mozilla’s developers blog.
At html5test.com, firefox 4 had 189 points. Chrome was the only better, with 197. IE had 27, as I thought.
When testing selectors and CSS3 here, I notice there are only a few properties/methods that only chrome offers more than Firefox.
The problem I have to point by now is that no one single add-on worked on this version. Even mine didn’t work ok and I’ll have to change some details at them.

About the layout, I’m personaly happy they didn’t take off the status bar, as many people had asked for(if I wanted a browser without a status bar, I’d rather use Chrome). Still, if you use windows vista or Seven, you may have some new advances, like the special button at the top of the window, removing the usual menubar, adding it to the title bar.

I do think there are many things to get better or to be increased in Firefox 4 before its release candidate. It promises a lot and I’m really glad to see the browsers walking toward the same point. The future developers will be happier and faster :)

PHPDevBar has grown

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Hello folks.
I’m very proud to announce that our addon for firefox, focused on PHP Developers, the PHPDevBar (or PHP Developer ToolBar) has grown a lot and now has already reached the mark of 17 thousand downloads.

Thank you all for your feedback, which has helped us a lot increasing its quality.
If you are a PHP Developer and don’t know it yet, you can try it and then offer us your feedback.

https://addons.mozilla.org/pt-BR/firefox/addon/12686/

theWebMind 2.0

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I have a personas published, about theWebMind 2.0 project.
Take a look at its personas page

About Personas

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Do you know personas?
This is a very easy way to change the look (or dress) of your Mozilla Firefox.
A new look is just a few click distant at getpersonas.com

PHPDevBar – New Version

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A new version of PHPDevBar has been released (2.2.3).
Many important changes were applied. Among them, you see here a list:

  • Search engine: Now, it uses the PhD to have an official up to date list of PHP functions and descriptions. It uses an optimized algorithm to have a good performance;
  • “Did you mean”: If you typed with some error, or the function does not exist, you will see a list of possible alternatives;
  • Class and HTMLForm generator: This tool suffered a lot of improvements and now offfers some different alternatives;
  • Methods and Functions: Before, you had to search for function names, or object names, now, you can type the methods directly. For example, Searching for “asxm” you will see the option “SimpleXMLObject::asXML”;

You can send us your feedback, report bugs, or tell us your ideas about this add-on. It’s grown thanks to the community integration :)