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I just switched from Firefox to Chrome, so what I wanna know:

Are there any Chrome Extensions which are indispensable for a programmer?

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Switch back, Firefox is better for a developer. –  Josh K Dec 15 '10 at 18:17
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@Josh K: Why do you say that? I made the transition from Firefox to Chrome awhile back and have no complaints. Though I do still fall back to firefox from time to time. –  Chris Dec 15 '10 at 18:42
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@Josh K AdBlock Plus and FlashBlock are available in Chrome –  Gary Rowe Dec 15 '10 at 21:43
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Typical geek response to this sort of question: My Thing Is Better Than Your Thing! Nerd SMASH!! –  Dan Ray Dec 16 '10 at 13:12
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Now why was this closed? Seriously people are too trigger happy over here. –  Gaurav Dec 24 '10 at 5:39
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Developer Omniboxes for Chrome - awesome

You want instant documentation in almost every language? Then these are the plugins for you.

This answer has been updated to include the links provided by apsillers - many thanks!

Originally this was Development and Coding Search

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This is what I was looking for. Very neat! –  Oliver Weiler Dec 15 '10 at 21:51
    
Is there a working link? I can't find this extension –  Florents Tselai Jan 2 '13 at 3:08
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@FlorentsTselai code.google.com/p/developer-omniboxes-for-chrome The extension has splintered into many, so you'll have install extensions for the specific languages you want. (This was done to support search directly from the omnibox, since a single extension can only add one omnibox keyword.) PHP, Java, JavaEE, and Flex/ActionScript are currently published in the Web Store, as linked on the Google Code page; the rest you'd have to build from source. –  apsillers Jan 2 '13 at 16:20
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The Web Developer extension is a straight-across port of the Firefox web developer toolbar. Also see the "view selection source" extension.

Once I found those things, I happily fired Firefox.

By the way, the Chrome Dev Tools are excellent. They're not prone to just occasionally breaking and not telling you anything about anything, as Firebug often seems to do.

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I never even hired Firefox. :) (Well, I did use double-F, but it was working for experience only.) –  muntoo Dec 16 '10 at 7:47
    
Agree - Chrome Dev Tools have come a long way over the past 18 months. –  Matt McQ Dec 16 '10 at 10:09
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Firebug Lite is the Chrome analog to Firebug for Firefox. It's an excellent complement to the Web Developer toolbar already mentioned.

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Not an extension, but very useful: You can right-click, and "Inspect Element" on almost anything. Try it, and see what happens!

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Ctrl+Shift+I brings up the developer console as well –  Carson Myers Dec 16 '10 at 5:18
    
@Carson Yes, but using this, you can quickly get to what you want. –  muntoo Dec 16 '10 at 7:40
    
@CarsonMyers, F12 may be a faster shortcut ;) –  Geerten Jan 4 '13 at 14:54
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