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Google's Chrome Developer Tool Updated

In response to user feedback, Google Chrome Developer Tools has seen some recent improvements in terms of some of its existing features, and some new ones as well. Chrome Developer Tools is partly developed via the WebKit open source project. It offers users a stable environment for optimizing and debugging web applications or websites that run in Google Chrome.

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March 01, 2011

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The improvements within the Chrome Developer Tools feature set were recently posted on the Chromium Blog. Network instrumentation is one of the areas of priority that received extra attention from the tools' developers. Users can now see more vital web page information at a single time, as network aspects are now viewable in the Network Panel, which shows the resources that are downloaded over the network.  Network aspects data can be sorted and cleared, as well as exported into HAR format. 

Timing information has also been improved. Instead of coming from WebKit, timing information is now supplied by the network stack. This offers a higher degree of accuracy when it comes to raw network timing. 

Timing information is presented in a user-friendly format that can be accessed by simply hovering over any of the log entries. Timing in terms of proxy, DNS lookup, connecting, sending, waiting, and receiving are all available.

Another upgrade in Chrome Developer Tools is the integration of status messages and raw HTTP headers that offer detailed information on what the browser received from the server. The integration improves on the older format, where users were only shown how the information was interpreted by the rendering engine. Users can now view syntax-highlighted resource contents as well.

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