Add-ons Blog

Posts from October, 2010

Add-ons Review Update – Week of 2010/10/26

Summary These bi-weekly posts explain the current state of add-on reviews and other information relevant to add-on developers. There’s a lengthy overview of the Add-on Review Process posted in this blog that should be read as a general guide about the review process. I’ve skipped  the last couple of updates due to a long vacation.… Continue reading

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Categories: compatibility, developers, documentation, general, policy

Announcing Jetpack SDK 0.9

We just released Jetpack SDK 0.9! This version continues our drive toward the first beta release of this new SDK for making Firefox add-ons. Our focus for this release was to land important changes to the APIs, particularly those changes that pave the way for the integration of Electrolysis, the project to move add-on code… Continue reading

Categories: developers, general, jetpack, releases

Zero to Add-on in Five Minutes

Several months ago, I built an add-on in five minutes in front of a live audience at the 2010 Mozilla Summit to demonstrate the benefits of Add-on Builder, Mozilla’s new web app for building add-ons for Firefox. The last time I taught traditional add-on development using XUL, it took an hour and a half to… Continue reading

Categories: general

Jetbug – Add-on SDK debugging to the fullest!

Dogfooding is an essential part of product development for many reasons and should not be a task set aside for only certain teams. Dogfooding products helps you understand the true user experience a product offers, brainstorm new features, and uncover rough edges in need of correction. Recently while using the Add-ons SDK for a Personas… Continue reading

Categories: general

Update on Statistics Problem

Last week we blogged about a problem with add-on downloads going to the wrong subdomain and said that counts would be repaired soon. Unfortunately, when we went to begin repairing the counts, we realized downloads were not being logged on that subdomain, as it was never supposed to handle downloads. The original problem has been… Continue reading

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Categories: developers

Finding restartless add-ons in AMO

If you’re running a beta of Firefox 4, you can install restartless add-ons written with the new Add-on SDK.  In a nod to the Mozilla Add-on SDK‘s original project name, we’re now automatically tagging restartless add-ons with “Jetpack” so that the adventurous can try them out.  Visit the Jetpack Tag and install (and uninstall) to… Continue reading

Categories: developers, end users, general, jetpack