Debugging for IE and 2 Virtual Machines

So, all the hard work this summer was on Firefox; all the tools I’ve been using such as firebug, javascript debugger and web development tools that I’ve taken for granted is no longer there. Instead, I’m forced to start debugging under Internet Explorer since I was told, the rest of the world still uses Internet Explorer.

I installed Windows XP into VMWare yesterday, I tried the quick install and it was much easier than I thought; I hated installing Windows for the reason of drivers and clicking through a bunch of useless things that takes up time (set up clock, languages etc). I knew it was going to be hectic when running everything, I’m developing in Ubuntu with Vmware and now, i’m going to run another VM for windows. 2 VMs and OS X running all at the same time, that 2 gb of ram investment really does come in handy. Starting up the 2 Virtual Machines is utter hell, I never seen my laptop under such stress (except when I try running games on it). After the initial startup, it runs pretty well actually, I’m surprised and a little impressed.

 I was greeted a nice surprise, when I fired up OLM on Ubuntu and tried to connect to it with Internet Explorer.. the page was white.. interesting, the source code was visible but Internet Explorer threw me a blank page when it was done. A little playing around and I came to realized that it was because OLM didn’t close the javascript tags properly, with the:
<script … /> instead of <script … ></script>

After changing that, the page loaded fine. I’m a little relieved, I’m playing with the grader interface and some javascript functions aren’t very friendly under IE. Its a little hidden, but Microsoft did include a built in javascript debugger; going into the Advance setting of Internet Explorer under internet options and unchecking “disable javascript debugger”, it gave me a bit more power to debug instead of the standard box they include that tells me the line number and the URL… pretty useless dump. Now, I’m playing a little bit more with it before I dump the selenium tests on it. Looks like I can’t avoid Internet Explorer forever 8(

In conclusion, I still hate Windows; its a love hate relationship, I love it only because most games run under it and it is quite speedy after a fresh install; I hate it because it still crashes, OS X looks 10x prettier than it, theres no working search function, no quicksilver, and some programs will only run on this OS.


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