Add-ons Update – Week of 2012/06/13

I post these updates every 3 weeks to inform add-on developers about the status of the review queues, add-on compatibility, and other happenings in the add-ons world.

The Review Queues

  • Most nominations for full review are taking less than 2 weeks to review.
  • Most updates are being reviewed within 2 weeks.
  • Most preliminary reviews are being reviewed within 2 weeks.

These stats are taken from the last queue report:

  • 123 nominations in the queue awaiting review.
  • 144 updates in the queue awaiting review.
  • 153 preliminary review submissions in the queue awaiting review.

We’re finally catching up and decreasing waiting times. It’ll take a few weeks to be back to normal review times, but things are looking much better now.

If you want this to happen faster, you can help! If you’re an experienced add-on developer, please consider joining our team. Visit our wiki page for more information.

Test Your Add-ons for Memory Leaks!

There is an ongoing effort to track and stomp memory leaks in add-ons. Here’s where you can help, either by testing the add-ons you created, or testing the add-ons you use. Please read the article on Zombie Compartments, particularly the add-ons section. It should give you some pointers on how to find leaks and how to avoid them. The short version is: don’t hold any references to DOM objects after the document is closed.

With the resolution of bug 695480, whole classes of compartment leaks have been resolved on the Firefox side. This means that even if an add-on holds on to DOM references when it shouldn’t, they will be properly claimed. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t test and fix your code! This fix will be introduced in Firefox 15.

Firefox 13 and 14 Compatibility

The Firefox 13 compatibility blog post is up, and the compatibility bump to 13 happened a couple of weeks ago. I’m working on Firefox 14 compatibility. Expect a blog post in less than a week, and the compatibility bump a couple of weeks after that.

2 comments on “Add-ons Update – Week of 2012/06/13”

  1. zoe papadopoulou wrote on

    I am trying to watch a video shown on TV, but I am unable to since I am informed that I don’t have the right pluggings. I have already installed a Flash player which is up-to-date. What else can I do to solve the ;problem?
    Thank you

    1. Jorge Villalobos wrote on

      I recommend you go to our support site and ask that question there.