JavaScript, Firefox and General Rants and Raves About Hacking the Interwebs

New Features in Firefox Developer Tools: Episode 24 hacks.mozilla.org/2013/07/new-fe… via @mozhacks
Network Monitor, now in #Firefox Beta:
https://hacks.mozilla.org/2013/06/network-monitor-now-in…
First video of a Firefox OS series is live:
http://christianheilmann.com/2013/06/21/first-video-of-a-firefox…
The state of Safari's Web Inspector:
https://www.webkit.org/blog/2518/state-of-web-inspector/
UK moves forwards with plans to imitate PRISM:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22891845
The US is creating new laws to fight patent trolls:
http://blog.experts-exchange.com/ee-tech-news/the-president-takes…
Mozilla launches massive campaign against digital surveillance #stopwatchingus https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2013/06/11…
Fluent 2013: Brendan Eich, "JavaScript at 18: Legal to Gamble"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrf9ONmtXbM
The application cache is no longer a douchebag!
http://flailingmonkey.com/application-cache-not-a-douchebag

At the beginning of April Alex Limi decided that we should remove the Enable JavaScript checkbox from Firefox's preferences dialog. His reasoning was that clearing that checkbox breaks a huge amount of websites and therefore breaks the web.

Alex was completely correct and I wholeheartedly agree with the removal of this option but if you look at the bug's comments you will see that a bunch of people not so happy with this decision. Well, we have news for you. We have just landed a change that adds a tab specific version of this option to the Firefox Developer Tools preferences panel.

Disable JavaScript Option in Firefox DevTools
Disable JavaScript Option in Firefox DevTools

If you check the box then the page will refresh and, from that point on, everything that you open in that tab will have JavaScript disabled. Making this setting per tab makes sense because the developer toolbox has one instance per tab. Closing either the toolbox or the tab enables JavaScript again.

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