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Posts from 2010

100 Million Adblock Plus Downloads

Today we’re very happy to celebrate a huge milestone: Adblock Plus became the first browser add-on to be downloaded 100 million times! Customization has always been one of the best features of Firefox, and 100 million downloads of a single add-on combined with 2.2 billion add-on downloads overall shows just how important that extensibility is… Continue reading

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Making your add-on compatible with Firefox 4

Firefox 4 beta 7 is out, and now is the best time to evaluate your add-on’s compatibility with the next major Firefox release. This is the first “feature frozen” release, meaning that there will be no more major changes performed to the UI, APIs or features in Firefox. Other than bug fixes and stability improvements,… Continue reading

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Add-ons Review Update – Week of 2010/11/09

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. Most nominations are being reviewed within 5 days. All updates are being… Continue reading

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Gathering developer feedback for the Add-ons SDK

Hello Add-on Developers! We’ve constructed a brief survey to gather feedback about your interactions with the Add-ons SDK. Specifically, we want to understand the experiences you’ve had with the APIs thus far, so be sure to choose the an API for your answers that is either the most crucial to your development efforts or that… Continue reading

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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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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

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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

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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

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