Add-ons Blog

Posts from September, 2012

Add-ons Update – Week of 2012/09/26

I post these updates every 3 weeks to inform add-on developers about the status of the review queues, add-on compatibility, and other happenings in the add-ons world. The Review Queues Most nominations for full review are taking less than 2 weeks to review. Most updates are being reviewed within 10 days. Most preliminary reviews are… Continue reading

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Categories: compatibility, developers, documentation

SDK re-pack progress

We have made great strides in our efforts to automatically re-pack SDK add-ons to a recent version. As part of this effort I recently sent a few hundred emails ( with help from IT of course ) to add-on authors asking for help to test and update re-packed versions of their add-ons. If you ave… Continue reading

Categories: developers, jetpack, releases, sdk

Announcing Add-on SDK 1.10!

The Jetpack team is happy to announce the immediate availability of SDK 1.10. You can download the SDK directly in either zip or tarball format. This latest release improves the SDK’s compatibility with Firefox Aurora and Nightly, fixes a ton of bugs, and also includes a few new bits you should check out: bug 764866:… Continue reading

Categories: builder, general, jetpack, mobile, releases, sdk

What does “can’t access dead object” mean?

Firefox 15 introduced a major improvement in memory usage, by disallowing add-ons to keep references to DOM objects after their parent document was destroyed. This eliminates the most common cause of memory leaks in add-ons, and should reduce memory consumption for many users. If you install an add-on that causes this kind of memory leak,… Continue reading

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Categories: compatibility, developers, documentation

Introducing page-mod’s “attachTo”

This post is written by guest blogger and SDK developer Matteo Ferretti. We’re pleased to announce a new feature for the page-mod module that’s coming in Add-on SDK 1.11: the attachTo option! What PageMod does With PageMod you can dynamically modify the content of certain pages: the add-on developer supplies a set of rules to… Continue reading

Categories: builder, developers, jetpack, sdk

Introducing the Add-on Guidelines

Add-ons are often cited as the main reason users love Firefox, and while they offer users substantial benefits, they can also be a cause of slowdowns, instability and other problems. This is the reality of having an open development platform where add-ons are first-class citizens: developers have the tools to create truly excellent and innovative… Continue reading

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Categories: developers, general, policy