- 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. Sorry for the interruption.
- Most nominations are being reviewed within 2 weeks.
- Most updates are being reviewed within 5 days.
The Review Queues
- The stats are taken from the current queues, since last week I didn’t post a queue report in the forum.
- 96 nominations in the queue awaiting review.
- 45 updates in the queue awaiting review.
- 621 reviews performed by AMO Editors this month. There were 9 editors performing reviews last week.
See the Add-on Review Process and You for information on how to check your add-on status.
Firefox 4 Compatibility
Firefox 4 is coming later this year, and beta 6 is currently available for download. This will be the most difficult upgrade path for add-on 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:
- Firefox 4 for developers at MDC.
- Firefox 4 Compatibility blog post (Beta 4 edition!).
- Firefox 4 Compatibility discussion in the Add-ons Forum. This is the best place to post any feedback, bugs or insight surrounding Firefox 4 and add-on development.
Beta 7 is the first release after the codebase has gone through feature freeze. This means that after this release, 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. After beta 7 is out, I will be posting a very extensive view of Firefox 4 compatibility issues, including all that I’ve mentioned in previous posts. We will also be contacting all developers that have add-ons compatible with 3.6 and Firefox 4 betas, letting everybody know that they should be updating their code and Firefox 4 final is around the corner.
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.
Add-ons Developer Relations Lead, Mozilla