There are many many tools and features that we’d like to add to Firefox developer tools, but if we do them all, there’s a risk that the interface will get really messy. So we’re creating a command line to help us contain the small tools. It’s quick to use and unlike conventional command lines, it helps you out, rather than requiring you to learn command parameters.
The developers toolbar should land in Firefox 16 or 17 and will look like this:
The challenge is creating enough commands: It might be stretching things a little to call the command line a ‘platform’, and commands ‘apps’, but a command line without commands is useless. We’ve created several, and we’re working on more, but we’d still like help.
So we’re planning on a hackathon on 26th June to add to the list of commands and to check that it really as as easy as we think it is to extend.
By the time the 26th rolls around bug 724055 should have landed which will make creating new commands and easy as setting a pref to point to a directory where you have put some JSON (ish) files, describing your commands, and you’re done.
In the next few days I’ll update this post with a set of resources for creating commands and ideas for commands. We’ll hang out in IRC and crank away and see how many commands we can get written in a day.
If you can spare some time, we’d love to have some help.
(Update: Originally this post had a typo and said the 27th. The real date is the 26th)