Add-ons: To SDK Or Not To SDK

Myk Melez’s recent post on the Jetpack project 2011 roadmap is timely. Firefox 4 final is approaching fast. Quite a decent percentage of add-on authors have updated their add-on already. For those who have not, I imagine some are wondering whether they should migrate from the traditional XUL add-on approach to using the SDK. It’s worth noting that there are already many SDK add-ons out in the wild, most conceived as new ideas.

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Happenings in Extension Land

There has been a lot happening around Mozilla Extensions with implications for developers and users. And much has come to a head in the last few days. For my own benefit but also for everyone in case you missed something, here’s an aggregation of what I found. If there is anything else, let me know.

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Xultris : Mobile Add-on Game Goodness

While I’m not a gamer in general, I do love retro-games. I’ve been thinking that on Mobile, games provide great opportunities for Firefox add-on developers. They are a great way to spend that short bus ride, for example. I think there should be a Games category on Mozilla Add-ons. At Briks we wanted to showcase this with some fun games, so are going about porting a couple of the wonderful distractions from games.mozdev.org. First up, the Tetris clone Xultris.

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MAOW London Rundown

On Wednesday, a very hot day in London Town, the last day in June, we had a Mozilla Add-ons Workshop. It was a day without football, and while England may have been knocked out, everyone seemed in fine spirits. A fitting day, as Mozilla Add-ons was fast approaching the 2 billion download mark. A fine achievement and testament to the extensibility of the Firefox and Mozilla platforms.

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Hack the Browser, London Style

Calling all software developers in the UK and Ireland. If you are interested in the Web, an event not to miss is the upcoming Mozilla Add-ons Workshop in London. It is an evening event scheduled for 6:30pm -10:30pm on 30 June.

We’ll be talking about extending Firefox, the latest and upcoming happenings on the Mozilla Add-ons site, as well as the great Web technologies packed into modern browsers – HTML5 and more.

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