The AMO team has been working on a complete rewrite of our Developer Tools area for several months, and we hope to launch them this Thursday at the earliest.
Developer Tools is the area of the site that deals with submission and management of hosted add-ons, and is among the most complicated parts of AMO. Our rewrite brings these tools into our new codebase, which should result in faster performance and better cache invalidation, a common annoyance over the years.
The new tools also sport a brand new interface that aims to make common tasks very easy. For example, it’s now possible to update your add-on’s compatibility without ever leaving the dashboard view.
Also launching as part of this rewrite will be the new add-on review system discussed in mid-2010. Developers of add-ons currently in the sandbox will be affected by this, and will receive an email shortly after launch with instructions on what to do to stay on AMO.
One feature of the new Developer Tools that will likely be noticed by more than just developers is the introduction of add-on slugs. Add-on URLs will now have slugs, such as “adblock-plus” instead of an ID, though IDs will still work.
We invite any developers to help us test these new tools on our staging server and report bugs and give us feedback. Any modifications made to your add-ons on the staging server will not affect your real add-ons in production. Try the new tools.