Hard life of webdeveloper

12.06.2009 – 3:10 pm

Since we are working with JavaScript, CSS and so on, we need it to test for mainstream browsers as well. Eventhough, we are using complex JavaScript frameworks, such as ExtJS and OpenLayers, live is never that easy. Our usual communication is like “Firefox 3.0 works, 3.5 works as well, IE 7 works, IE 8: Error on line 753, character 110, Chrome works, Opera works, Safari seems to be working as well.”

You can have every possible webbrowser in your system in any possible version, except for IE. I, as Linux user, am the only one in the team, who can test on all currently used Explorer versions. I would be happy, if I needn’t. Do you have similar problems?

Virtualbox is your friend.

Virtualbox is your friend.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Hard life of webdeveloper”

  2. interesting. though i think that my thinkpad t40 would be little weak for virtualbox. i use ies4linux for all testing purposes. :)


    By Thomas on Jun 12, 2009

  3. Hi Jachym,

    I am using VMWare with a Windows virtual machine and installation of MultipleIE (for 4.0 to 6.5) + standalone IE 7.0 and normal IE 8.0 for this kind of testing.
    It is possible to have under one Windows installation more versions of IE. Check this article: http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE

    Before releasing a web-based product I am also testing the design with http://browsershots.org/ service – to be sure that even more exotic browsers are OK.

    By Klokan Petr Přidal on Jun 15, 2009

  4. I use this site to check browser compatibility:



    By Luca on Sep 4, 2009

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