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Posts by Justin Scott

2011 Firefox Add-on Developer Survey

If you’ve ever developed an add-on for Firefox, we’d really appreciate 5 – 10 minutes of your time filling out our 2011 Firefox Add-on Developer Survey. This survey will be a great help to us in understanding how add-on developers feel, what we’ve done well, and what we can improve on in our initiatives across… Continue reading

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Add-ons are core to the Firefox User Experience

Sinchan Banerjee is an intern from Mozilla’s User Experience team and one of his projects involves ensuring add-ons get the user experience they deserve. The following is a guest post by Sinchan. Firefox can complete a lot of tasks. It comes with the functionality to accomplish the tasks we believe most people want to finish,… Continue reading

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Strengthening User Control of Add-ons

It’s no secret that Firefox users love to install add-ons — more than 1.5 million are downloaded every day from our official gallery. But users aren’t the only ones who love adding on to Firefox: third-party applications frequently install bundled add-ons into Firefox as part of their own installation process. While some of these applications… Continue reading

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Previewing AMO’s New Look

We’re very excited to begin rolling out a new design for our homepage and add-on details page to a small number of visitors to addons.mozilla.org very soon. These new designs bring some of our most popular pages in line with the new Mozilla styling and provide a cleaner, simpler look for exploring the thousands of… Continue reading

Categories: end users, releases

Firefox 5 Compatibility Bump

Earlier tonight we updated compatibility information for add-ons that work with Firefox 4 to also work with Firefox 5, except in certain cases where we think the add-on may be incompatible. This coincided with the beta release of Firefox 5, though normally it would occur when the Nightly channel is promoted to Aurora, as described… Continue reading

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Subscribe to Add-on Compatibility Announcements

With Firefox releases happening more quickly, add-on developers will have less time to address compatibility issues that might surface. We’ve implemented a new compatibility process to ease that burden for the majority of add-ons. We’ve also created a new mailing list for add-on compatibility announcements that we encourage all add-on developers to subscribe to. This… Continue reading

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Add-on Performance Testing Update

Alice Nodelman has posted an update on our efforts to improve automated testing of add-on performance. We encourage add-on developers interested in our progress towards resolving these bugs and in our future plans to read the update and provide feedback.

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Update on Add-on Performance Testing

Just over a week ago we announced our add-on performance initiative and have received lots of feedback from add-on users and developers. Thanks to our awesome community, many developers have updated their add-ons to have faster start-up time, and others have dug into the results and filed bugs to help us improve our testing framework.… Continue reading

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