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Testing on Multiple Browsers and Platforms


As a web developer I’m always having to test websites and applications on multiple devices and browsers. Testing projects in Internet Explorer working on a Mac has always been a challenge. Typically what I’ve used to run IE on a Mac are virtual installs of Windows running on Virtualbox or VMWare. Running an install of Windows is a great way to test IE but it has always felt like it was overkill to have virtual machines running just for a browser.

Recently, I’ve been using a web based tool called “BrowserStack”, which allows you to test your website or application for cross-browser, cross-platform and cross-mobile compatibility. One of the best features BrowserStack offers is the ability to use debug tools on all the browsers and platforms.

I recommend giving BrowserStack a try the next time you’re looking to test a website or application on multiple browsers or mobile devices. BrowserStack does offer a free trial to tryout their service.

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Ryan Burgess

Ryan Burgess is a Manager, UI Engineering at Netflix in San Francisco, California. Previously at Evernote. Listen to Ryan on the Front End Happy Hour podcast. He's also the creator of, an online-based arts and culture magazine that focuses on graffiti and tattoo art.

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