A minimal extension that hard reloads the current tab to overcome caching issues when using Developer Tools for Google Chrome™
Web developers often find that, after using Developer Tools, the browser caches their files. So if they change a source file and reload, the browser doesn't use the new version, but continues with the old version.
In most browsers, Ctrl-F5 or similar does this, but this doesn't work under Chrome when using Developer Tools - see http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=8742
Personally I've found closing the tab and opening a new one helps - so this is a minimal extension that does just that. It's my first extension, and only a few lines of code... it works for me, and I hope it works for you.
Version 1.1 added an option (disabled by default) to catch the Ctrl-F5 keystroke and override the browser's builtin behaviour, but please note that when first installed, even if this option is enabled, it will not catch the keystroke on tabs that are already open until the page is otherwise refreshed... but any new pages will behave as required.
Version 1.2 changes the logic slightly - it makes the new tab before removing the old one, so this should stop the behaviour whereby if invoked on a window with only a single tab, it closed the window (ooops, sorry). It still closes the old tab before navigating the new tab to the appropriate URL, as it's not unknown for some sites to dislike concurrent sessions...
If it doesn't act how you expect, then you can contact me as meercat on gmail, or add a comment on my blog post about the extension (http://schmerg.com/force-reload-an-extension-for-google-chrome). It would help if you could briefly describe if you're using the toolbar button or the keystroke, what version of chrome you're running, what version of the extension you're using, and how I can contact you !!
Icon courtesy of http://code.google.com/p/ultimate-gnome/