Saturday 19 July 2008 — This is nearly 15 years old. Be careful.
FirePHP is an intriguing Firebug plug-in: it uses a server-side library to send debugging information in response headers, which are extracted and nicely displayed in the browser.
One of the complexities of developing web applications is that your server is busy with lots of stuff at once. Load a single page, and there could be dozens of requests, once all the scripts, styles, images, and Ajax calls are through. If you have some debugging traces in the main page, they’ll get buried in all the other noise created by the subsequent requests.
FirePHP look like it gives a nice compartmentalization: the log messages from the main request stay tidy in Firebug. I haven’t used it yet, because I need to whipe up some Python server-side code (the name FirePHP doesn’t limit it to PHP debugging).
Disclaimer, I don't actually use FirePHP. I've just heard about it and think its cool. :-)
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