We’re very excited to announce that we’ve just launched the Add-on Developer Hub (beta), the one-stop-shop for add-on developers to find out why they’d want to make an add-on, how to make an add-on, and manage their add-on listings.
Back in May, we posted about our plans for a developer-focused website in response to feedback we received from add-on developers. The new Developer Hub has something for everyone — whether you’re just getting started or have already made twenty add-ons.
New documentation features of the Hub include:
- Getting Started – an introduction to add-on development with links to important resources
- How-to Library – tutorials, articles, videos, and walk-throughs on add-on development topics
- API & Language Reference – official API and language references
- Case Studies – stories of successful Firefox add-ons
- Add-on Policies – all of our add-on policies in one up-to-date location
- Search – search the best add-on development resources in one place: documentation, forums, newsgroups, reputable blog posts, and more
We’ve also introduced some new tools, with more planned for the coming months:
- Add-on Builder – auto-generate add-on packaging by entering basic information and picking UI parts
- Add-on Validator – add-ons can now be validated even if they’re not hosted on AMO
One of the most important goals of the new Hub is to bring the add-ons community closer together. With that in mind, the Hub features:
- Add-ons Forum – interact with other add-on developers and get help
- Newsletter – about:addons is our monthly newsletter
- Developer News & Promos – relevant news and important information is now prominent throughout the Hub
- Upcoming Events – find out when an add-on event is coming to your area
Developer Tools & News Feed
The tools developers use to submit and manage their add-ons on addons.mozilla.org are now part of the Developer Hub, and we’ve added a cool new way to stay up to date with what’s happening with your add-ons: the add-on news feed.
Any time something of note happens to an add-on, it is recorded in the news feed for the developer to see. This includes developer and editor actions like editing an add-on, submitting a new version, and approving a new version, but also includes user actions such as reviews and collections.
The news feed is available via RSS for one or all of your add-ons.
As part of this release, we’ve also re-worked our AMO search engine from scratch to provide much more accurate results. This is a huge and much anticipated improvement, and will be covered in detail in a separate blog post.
A big thanks goes to everyone who made this release possible, from the developers, testers, and designers to those who helped review documentation and content.