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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Developing ASP pages with Firefox

I prefer Firefox 3 to IE7 when developing (understatement of the week), particularly because it has Firebug and YSlow (an add-on for an add-on, would that be a quasi-add-on?). IE7 has the developer toolbar, but it's not as good (in my experience).
Naturally I have Firefox as my default browser, so when I launch ASP pages in the development server from Visual Studio they open in Firefox. And it is soooo slooooow. It's ridiculous, it's like being on my old 28.8 modem back in the mid-90s.
How can this be? Firefox isn't slower than IE7. That cannot be, no benchmarks point in that direction (OK, those are just javascript, but you get the gist of it).
It turns out the problem is with Firefox 3 and the development server (Cassini). I haven't dug deeply into it, just observed the problem, found the fix and applied it.
I've no time to check it right now, but disabling IPv6 seems a bit ham-handed. It should be possible to just include localhost in the network.dns.ipv4OnlyDomains preference. This is a string containing a comma-separated list of domains.

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