Jetpack Project: weekly update for March 6th, 2012

Project News

  • We’re getting slightly more serious about shipping the SDK’s loader and core libraries in Firefox; see this feature page for some initial thoughts, and subscribe to the related meta-bug if you want to track progress.
  • Irakli is getting fairly serious about improving module sharing for the SDK. He wrote up this proposal on the subject and started this thread on the Jetpack mailing list. If you’re at all interested in writing and/or using re-usable modules in the SDK, head over to that thread to discuss!
  • QA Engineer Henrik Skupin is really serious about tracking memory problems in Firefox. He announced version 0.2 of the SDK-based Memchaser add-on.

Quick Stats

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Meeting Brief

  • Builder: minor fixes this week, planning on adding initial support for editing package.json values next week.
  • SDK: A late-breaking Linux issue delayed a possible 1.6 beta release.
  • Roundtable: SDK-based add-on Collusion got major news this week; need to message out on SDK compatibility with ESR releases.

Full minutes are available here:

4 responses

  1. Caspy7 wrote on :

    I’m curious how shipping the SDK’s loader and core libraries in Firefox might affect its memory & performance? Will there be any negative effect?

    1. Jeff Griffiths wrote on :

      Caspy7: there will be zero effect if you don’t have any add-ons installed, because the SDK code won’t be loaded. Otherwise, the effect should be no more negative than installing an SDK-based add-on currently is.

      We are also working in various ways to eliminate the various ‘zombie compartment’ memory issues in the SDK and have recently shipped a number of fixes. More are in the pipeline. I expect any move of the SDK into Firefox will require even more testing in this area.

  2. wbamberg wrote on :

    To clarify this:

    > Builder: … planning on adding support for simple-prefs next week.

    …the Builder team won’t add support for simple-prefs next week.

    What they will do is enable users to define key-value pairs in package.json, so users can create icons for their add-ons.

    Supporting simple-prefs is more complicated, but is the next thing on the list.

    1. Jeff Griffiths wrote on :

      Thanks for clarifying, Will! Corrected.