Create your Firefox Add-On with Mozilla Add-ons Builder

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One of the biggest reason for the success Mozilla Firefox is Add-ons. These add-ons extend the functionality of the browser.  Recently a new tool called  Mozilla Add-ons Builder was released. The Builder is a Web-based add-on SDK (you need to use Firefox to get the most out of it)

This new tool, which is obviously aimed at boosting both educational and commercial adoption of Firefox’s new add-on architecture, is actually constructed from two technologies that we’ve discussed before: Jetpack and Bespin. Jetpack is the future of Firefox add-on development and promises simpler, more powerful and ‘restartless’ extensions. Bespin is Mozilla’s new Web-based text editor.

The Add-ons Builder basically adds  a rather pretty ‘file explorer’ interface to Bespin. It works, but only just. While the SDK helps you find libraries, there’s no auto-complete for library methods. The tutorial suggests you look at the source code of other add-ons for inspiration, but there’s no way of searching through them — just a big, page-after-page directory. The only desirable feature of the Add-ons Builder has to be its rapid prototyping; the ability to test your new code with a single click is very cool. I’d much rather use a desktop SDK though!

Still, if you’re looking to noodle around with the Jetpack API, or just practice your JavaScript, the Add-ons Builder is a great place to start.

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About aronnirmal

A student pursuing Masters in Compter Applications. Intrested in Linux, Computer Hardware and networking,eco-enviorment related issues and politics.

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