This post is part 1 of 2 comparing the relative functionality among IE, FF, Chrome, Safari and Opera's web developer tools.
Here is a spreadsheet I created to show the differences in features among the different browsers. I will continue to update this as I learn about more features and add-ons.
The spreadsheet is not editable, but feel free to post comments if you find any issues or want to add something to it.
So here is a quick summary of what I found:
2. IE and FF had the best command line interfaces. I had a hard time finding the command line in the other browsers, but will continue to try and find them.
3. Safari and Chrome have virtually the same interface (Did Google license Safari's developer tools?)
5. IE was surprisingly the most robust feature-wise, with a great many more features than any of the other browsers and missing only a color picker.
In part 2, I will provide a subjective rating of each of the browsers abilities to help web developers debug issues with their websites.