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5 Must-Have Google Chrome Extensions for Developers

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Extensions are software packages that allow users to personalize their Chrome browsing experience and development using web technologies (such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript). These extensions can let you automate particular browser tasks, tweak current behaviors, and increase the usability of your product. Here are some of our picks for must-have chrome extensions for developers.

1. Window Resizer

This add-on resizes the browser window to simulate different resolutions. It is especially beneficial to web designers and developers since it allows them to test their layouts on various browser resolutions. The resolutions list is totally editable (you may add, delete, and reorder items). You may change the window’s width/height, location, icon (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop), and even whether the new dimensions should be applied to the full window or just the viewport. The extension also includes customizable global key shortcuts, the ability to export and import your preferences, and much more! There are currently 700,000+ active users with great reviews about the extension.

2. BrowserStack

BrowserStack is an Indian cloud web and mobile testing platform that allows developers to test their websites and mobile apps across a variety of browsers, operating systems, and real-world mobile devices. Live, App Live, Automate, and App Automate are their four main offerings.

Ritesh Arora and Nakul Aggarwal developed the subscription-based service in Mumbai, India, in 2011. It was originally created to allow developers to test their websites using Internet Explorer. In more than 135 countries, BrowserStack has over 25,000 paying clients and 2 million registered developers. Browserstack has a number of advantages, including no setup and no maintenance, which helps to speed up releases. SOC2 compliant, instant access to 3000+ browsers and actual iOS and Android devices. Everyone has access to the most up-to-date browsers and gadgets at all times.

3. Accessibility Insights for Web

Accessibility Insights is a plugin that assists developers in identifying and correcting accessibility issues in web apps and webpages. This is a go-to extension for developers to test the accessibility of their websites.

Two main situations are supported by the tool:

  1. FastPass is a simple two-step approach that takes less than five minutes to discover common, high-impact accessibility concerns.
    Automated checks: The tool tests for compliance with about 50 accessibility standards automatically.
    Tab stops: The tool includes clear instructions and visual aid to assist users to discover major keyboard accessibility issues such as missing tab stops, keyboard traps, and wrong tab sequence.
  2. Anyone with HTML abilities may use the assessment to see if a web app or website complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA.
    Manual testing, for around 20 tests, the tool includes step-by-step instructions, examples, and how-to-fix assistance; many tests are “aided,” which means the program identifies the test instances or provides a visual aid.

4. Modheader

ModHeader is a lightweight, quick, and efficient application. With only a few clicks, you may activate or disable header modification. ModHeader allows you to limit your modifications to only one tab or a single website. It has a consistent 4+ star rating in the Chrome web store and is used by over 500,000 people. It also backs up your modifications to the cloud automatically. You can also export and share your profiles, making it a very useful tool. ModHeader is completely secure and does not insert ads or gather data.

What does ModHeader have to offer?

  • Request and response headers can be added, modified, or removed.
  • Set X-Forwarded-For, Authorization, Access-Control-Allow-Origin, and other options using ModHeader.)
  • Allow header changes based on URL/resource type.
  • Comment on the header
  • Headers can be sorted by name, value, or comments.
  • Add a value to a request or response header that already exists.
  • Headers for export and import
  • Tab locking while cloning a profile from the cloud!
  • Replace the URL with a different one (excellent for localhost testing!)

5. CSSViewer

CSSViewer is a basic CSS properties viewer that was created as a Firefox add-on by Nicolas Huon (2006–2008). The source code is available at https://github.com/miled/cssviewer.

CSSViewer requires permission to view your history and website data in order to function correctly. CSSViewer, on the other hand, does not collect or transfer any of your personal information.

It currently has 100,000+ active users. CSS Viewer allows you to quickly see the CSS code that was used by clicking on any button, picture, text, or other elements on a web page. It’s a quick and simple approach to organizing the CSS code for a certain website element.

Google Chrome browser extensions let you boost productivity, cut down on distractions, and find information all from the convenience of your browser. The nice aspect is that you have a lot of alternatives to choose from. There are many additional extensions that may be added to the list as well. Feel free to add the names in the blog’s comment section

Editorial Note:

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