I had forgotten that Firebug used to not have the extra step to load responses. I would like it to work the old way for me. I don’t see why it’s not configurable. I hope Firebug hasn’t gone down the path of insisting on a simple UI at the cost of customizability like Gnome has. If it has, perhaps a fork or an extension that interacts with the Firebug extension will be in order.

Thanks for telling me about the Same Origin Policy. I seem to remember hearing that phrase before, but it didn’t come to mind when I was googling for information on the matter. I’m going to try getting my custom JavaScript environment working with CouchDB now that I know this.