There comes a time in every tech’s life when he or she must debug their organization’s Web “stuff.”Luckily, there’s a ton of tools available for this task. Unluckily, there’s so many it’s hard to know which to choose. Let me make it simple for you with a Web debugging tool that’s not only amazingly good, but is also free.
The tool, published by Telerik, is Fiddler, a web proxy designed for debugging. This software is amazingly versatile and has established versions for Windows as well as alpha builds for Linux and OS X (which have run “(more or less) successfully on Ubuntu 12/13, Linux Mint 15, and OSX 10.8”). The Windows versions rely on and are specific to various versions of the .NET framework (if you’re not certain which framework you’ve got installed you might check out Microsoft’s support note on the topic).
Fiddler Core, Fiddler’s proxy engine, can be integrated into third-party applications and using Geoedge you can Fiddler and the Geoedge global proxy network to monitor, inspect, and debug traffic from over 130 locations.
Now you have all the tools needed to perform Web debugging (ensuring the transfer of the required cookies, headers and cache directives), web session manipulation, performance testing, security auditing, and HTTP/HTTPS traffic recording. Just hope your boss hasn’t read this review otherwise he’ll want to know what the hold up is. Why hasn’t that app been fixed already?
Fiddler is, in short, a Swiss Army Knife for Web client and server analysis and debugging. This is a fabulous tool that absolutely should be in your toolkit. Fiddler gets a Gearhead rating of 5 out of 5.
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