FasterFox – time your pages

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I noticed today a little timer at the bottom of a co-worker’s browser, showing him how long the web page he was browsing took to load. This tool just became a part of my standard toolkit – the “Fasterfox extension to Firefox”:http://fasterfox.mozdev.org


Strictly speaking, Fasterfox is a “browser accelerator”; that is, it tweaks various browser settings, overrides RFC specs, and can also pre-fetch data for you. But it also has a page timer – and the other features can be turned off, which is how I now have it configured.

Response times are an important part of doing web development, and it’s easy to get an erroneous impression of how fast or slow a page is to load. A nice objective measure helps to address this.

Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 18 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 16 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

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