We’re very happy to announce two new Firefox add-on development tools from Mozilla: the Add-on SDK and the beta release of Add-on Builder.
There are two ways for developers to create their add-ons. The Add-on Builder Beta is a hosted, online build environment, and provides a robust code editor with built-in revisioning, module selection, testing tools and build tools. Alternatively, there is a downloadable SDK for those who are comfortable with a command line interface and prefer to use their own development environment. The video below gives an overview of both tools:
We continue to add new APIs to keep pace with new Firefox features, as well as making sure the existing APIs work with potentially incompatible versions of the browser. You’ll also have the pick of a number 3rd party APIs developed by the Mozilla community. Two examples of available add-ons built with these tools are CopyShortURL and Grooveshark Remote Control
To get started, once you’ve watched overview video above, check out the tutorial video which covers the building of an add-on from beginning to end using the Add-on Builder on the new Add-on Builder and Add-on SDK page. Also, take a look at the extensive documentation and APIs for use with your add-ons.
When you’re ready, log in to the Add-on Builder to build your add-on online, or download the Add-on SDK to work locally.