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Firefox Plugins: Codeburner Review

written by: Lucinda Watrous•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 7/31/2009

Want a quick and easy way to check a tag's syntax, see sample code, and find out what browsers it works with? Then you'll need the Codeburner plugin, developed by SitePoint. Check this out to see what we think of it.

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    What is Codeburner?

    codeburner-logo Codeburner is a Firefox plugin developed by SitePoint, designed to help web developers with their coding efforts. It's also available for Firebug, and is currently in development for Adobe CS4 and Adobe AiR. When web developers are coding and need a refresher on a specific tag in HTML or CSS, they can type it in the search box. The results show syntax information, code samples, and even browser compatibility issues. The plugin will even let you know if the tag is still compliant with the W3C standards, to make it easier to build a completely compliant website.

    With this tool, web developers have a little help with debugging their code--because they can make sure their syntax is correct. Syntax errors can be frustrating when dealing with a lot of code. Paying attention to any browser compatibility issues as the developer codes is a wonderful way to ensure the finished product will display correctly on all the browsers the client expects the target audience will use to view the website.

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    How to Get Codeburner

    To use Codeburner, all you need to do is visit SitePoint where you can download the plugin. Firefox will restart after the installation, and in the lower right hand corner of the browser window, you'll see the code burner icon. Simply search for the tag you need to find out more information about, and you're good to go. It works with Firefox versions 2.0 and up.

    For a limited time, those who download install Codeburner can also get a free PDF ebook, describing how to develop a Firefox plugin of their own. This plugin is maintained by Sitepoint, and available for use with no restrictions. Distribution of this program falls under a modified version of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0. You can give it to other people for non-commercial purposes.

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    Photo Credit

    Photo is representative of the Codeburner logo and is fully attributed to