Add-ons Review Update – Week of 2010/11/23

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Summary

  • These posts written every 2 weeks 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 that should be read as a general guide about the review process.
  • All nominations are being reviewed within 5 days.
  • All updates are being reviewed within 5 days.

The Review Queues

  • The stats are taken from the latest report at the forum.
  • 35 nominations in the queue awaiting review.
  • 46 updates in the queue awaiting review.
  • 811 reviews performed by AMO Editors this month. There were 17 editors performing reviews last week. The recent improvement in review times is directly related to a few new editors that have contributed an unbelievable amount of hours reviewing add-ons. Thanks, guys!

See the Add-on Review Process and You for information on how to check your  add-on status.

Firefox 4 Compatibility

Firefox 4 will be released early next year, and beta 7 is currently available for download. This will be the most difficult upgrade path for add-on developers yet, so everybody should keep an eye on beta updates and all the documentation that is being published. At the moment these are the most useful documentation resources:

Beta 7 was the first release after the codebase went through feature freeze. This means that no major changes are going to be performed, and add-ons that work correctly on beta 7 are very likely to work in the same way until the final release.

One significant gap in the current documentation is toolbar buttons. I plan to post an extensive look at toolbar buttons in the different platforms and the best ways to create button sets for Firefox 4 and older versions.

Notes for Developers

  • Add-on Performance at XUL School. This article is highly recommended to all developers. It explains a few methods to improve add-on performance, including how to easily measure startup times.
  • The AMO Editor Guide. This new page in the wiki is a comprehensive guide to the work performed by AMO Editors. It will serve as an introductory guide for new editors, and is a step forward in being as transparent as possible with our review process.
  • Useful Information for Add-on Authors. How to improve review times for your add-on, information about the review process, etc.

Jorge Villalobos

Add-ons Developer Relations Lead, Mozilla

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Categories: compatibility, developers, documentation, releases

2 responses

  1. Jason Barnabe

    Please write docs on how to get command-line parameters working. This has changed in Firefox 4.

  2. Jivko

    # All nominations are being reviewed within 5 days.
    # All updates are being reviewed within 5 days.

    I’m uploading my theme soon.Firefox 4 support included.We’ll see if you review it within 5 days. :)