IETester – Essential web dev tool
22 January 2009 in Tools | Comments enabled

In my last post I wrote about several add-ins to FireFox that make web development easier. Now I’ve found another tool that makes the world of web development much easier – IETester. Oh. My. God. This is a tool that every web developer on the planet should have running on their machine. What you get is a nice tabbed interface to show your web pages using the IE 5.5, 6, 7 and 8 rendering engines. Fantastic!

IE Tester tool

One of the *biggest* costs to web development, in my view, is the cross browser compatibility work. Internet Explorer is the prime offender here because of older versions that are still in use. To be fair, we all know that if Microsoft aggressively pushed updates, like Mozilla do, they would get in legal troubles. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. Personally I think IE updates should be forced upon people just to reduce the massive global waste of development effort that goes into cross browser support but perhaps that’s my view of the world :-)

Grab this free tool, install it and hopefully you’ll find cross browser development much easier! :-)

Download IETester Here


2 comments. Add your own comment.

Michael T. says 24 January 2009 @ 06:35

I have played around with this tool, and I found there are too many inconsistencies with the way it renders IE6. The idea of this app is phenomenal, I’ll give them that, but unfortunately if it doesn’t do its job 100%, then I cannot use it. I’ve had to use the Virtual PC thing from Microsoft and use the “real” IE6 for testing. Again, I believe in the idea and this app is almost there, and I wish it to succeed, but right now I cannot use it.

Alif Rachmawadi says 24 January 2009 @ 07:16

Great but have a limitation, still needs windows. Hope it can be installed on other operating system.

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