I am often running long DML intensive batch processes in SF while at the same time continuing to use the Developer Console. However, I find that the console is essentially impossible to use while processes are running.
The main symptom is excruciatingly slow response time from the developer window (buttons don't respond, menus don't open, etc), eventually culminating in an "error: no response from server" message. If I click away from the dev console tab while I'm waiting for something to load, then when I click back the entire tab turns into a completely blank white window. Attempting to execute anonymous code gets stuck in the 'Sending Request' window.
I can barely even open debug logs when all I'm trying to do is view results of my batch process!
Is anyone else familiar with this extreme slow-down of the developer console? Have you found any solutions for making it usable again? It would be a severe limitation if I couldn't actually use the thing whenever a batch process happened to be running.