Inspect Element (Chrome) Questions for my class


Hi everyone. I am taking a computer science class and we are currently looking at the inspect element tool and its capabilities. I have been assigned to ask developers and javascript programmers about their experience with the inspect element tool. I would really appreciate it if you could take the time to answer the questions below about this subject. It would really help me out, as I haven’t had much luck finding many developers around here. Thank you so much!

Also, I need to ask this question myself or my teacher will not accept my responses. That is why I created a new post and why I can't just look at others that may be related.

  1. How often do you find yourself using the inspect element tool? Why?

  2. What do you personally used the inspect element tool for (modifying, debugging, other)? Why?

  3. What types of data (CSS, cookies, code, variable values) are easy to access using inspect element, what types are harder to access? Why?

  4. What annoys you about the inspect element tool? Why?


This is similar to taking a calculus question into a junior high classroom. It is above the heads of most of the students in the class. Remember, Codecademy is akin to the lowest rungs in the learning ladder. Most new learners have no idea what the JavaScript Console is, let alone the Inspect Element tool.

You will encounter some knowledgeable community members, but they are not frequent flyers as such. Until we have an open forum that is populated with advanced topic discussions, we won't have many who will be able to answer your question with any alacrity or self-possessed wherewithal. Just saying...

As a hobbyist, tinkerer, here is what I can throw in...

  1. Often. Whenever I'm writing new code I use it to check the DOM structure of the document. It will include any dynamic elements inserted by my JS.
  2. For inspecting the CSS cascade and overlapping rules; for debugging and catching errors; and mostly just for the console and command line.
  3. Can't say I've actually explored this much.
  4. Can't say anything annoys me. Ever since the element inspector was introduced it has proven its usefulness to me, albeit it in a limited scope.


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