Web Developers Get their Own Web Browser

Yeah, it’s right. Web developers in India and around the world will get their own web browser for development, debugging, and analyzing websites.

With an idea that present web browsers were prepared for viewing the web and not for development purpose, Brisk has build a browser specially centered on web development.

Google’s Chromium open source browser project, Blisk features a toolbox for developing, debugging, and analyzing “new” websites. Accessible via a subscription service, Blisk is currently in a v1.0 release, having finished a beta program. It is available for Mac and Windows.

“Blisk is looking forward to resolve a crucial problem in which the majority of developers are suffering from by creating the development atmosphere,” said co-founder Andrii Bakirov. “Developers have to download, configure, set up, and maintain special tools even before writing a single line of code. It can be different tools, frameworks, extensions and SaaS services,” he said. “To create fast and new websites, a developer has to purchase and set up this parted set of tools and then suffer from retaining it.”

Blisk supports a selection of Android and iOS devices, with the goal of making easier life for developers. In addition, Blisk refreshes pages every time a developer saves code changes, so there is no need to reload multiple tabs whenever code is changed.

Blisk pointed out differences it sees between its own technology and general browsers Chrome and Firefox. Blisk, proponents said, enables simultaneous development on desktop and mobile, boosts developer productivity, and provides developer-specific features for web development. Improvements under way include capabilities such as page analysis and improved emulation.

Is Blisk Beta Better?

Blisk is a new browser aimed solely at professional web developers for coding, debugging and analyzing tasks.

The Blisk Beta is available for Windows only, but Mac and Linux editions are in the pipeline. Installation is slightly disconcerting since there are no dialogs or options: Blisk simply installs and runs immediately.

The application uses the same Blink rendering engine you’ll find in Chrome, Opera and Vivaldi. That’s a safe option, providing the standard development tools you find in those browsers. That’s where the similarity ends and Blisk enhances your web development experience.

Scroll-Synchronized Device View

Pages display in a dual window consisting of:

  • A standard desktop view.
  • An emulated mobile/tablet view.

You can switch by clicking the device icon to emulate screen resolutions, pixel ratios, user agents and touch events. The devices are provided within the browser, so they work offline and don’t require a cloud-based service.

Promised Features

Blisk is an early beta, but some exciting new features are promised in future editions:

  • Device rotation into landscape orientation.
  • Webpage analytics to monitor code quality, JavaScript errors and other metrics.
  • One-click device screenshots and sharing with colleagues.
  • Integration with third-party services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Trello.

 

Would You Adopt Blisk?

Blisk shows promise. Mac/Linux support is required, the interface needs polishing and device rotation is essential, but it’s already good enough to use for general purpose development tasks.

Features such as scroll-synchronization and auto-refresh can already be achieved in a more sophisticated way with tools such as Browsersync. However, Blisk works out of the box on any webpage with minimal configuration, and there’s less need to open multiple browsers.

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