Firefox Extensions

One of the things I think I like most about the web browser Mozilla Firefox is the flexibility of using extensions to give you more features. Some of my current favorites are the Google Calendar extension that shows you’re calendar events in the status bar. The Gmail notifier is also a favorite of mine. It’s really the kind of thing that has saved me some time in my daily routine by putting information in plain view without having to open up a new web browsing tab and log in and then check. It helps me to use my time better.

I’ve toyed around with a few ideas for my own firefox extensions and who knows, this may be the page I post them in the future. For now though, I wanted to collect my references here for how to go about writing a firefox extension.

From lifehacker: how to write a firefox extension. Good general overview with links to a few other resources. Includes a great tip to manage separate profiles to do your extension developing so you don’t trash your default profile. (Plan for the worst, hope for the best…)

This how to is probably quite dated now that we’re up to firefox 3.0 but it was one of the first “how to create firefox extension guides out there and may still have some use.

Mozilla of course has a “building an extension” page. This really should be THE authoritative source…

There is a great extension wizard online that will help you construct a skeleton for a new extension which should make getting a new one started a bit quicker than a manual construction of the folder/file structure.

To make life easier there’s also an extension developers extension which packages some tools to make your life easier if you’re writing firefox extensions.

Here is a link to XUL Planet. XUL is the XML markup flavor that firefox uses to build the menu items and dialog boxes that you’ll see in the browser.

Mozillazine’s extension development tutorials.

Mozillazine also has a tutorial on getting started with extension development.

Some people have put together their lists of top firefox extensions.

    “”firefox extensions”" – Google News

    How to Manage Your Browser Extensions – PCMag.com

    How to Manage Your Browser Extensions  PCMag.com

    Some browser extensions have been found to collect your data, including identifying information. Take a few minutes to review your extensions to make sure …




    The best free password manager 2019 – TechRadar

    The best free password manager 2019  TechRadar

    Password managers to secure all your online accounts with strong, unique logins.




    The Best Web Browsers For Privacy And Security – Lifehacker Australia

    The Best Web Browsers For Privacy And Security  Lifehacker Australia

    Your web browser knows a lot about you, and tells the sites you visit a lot about you as well — if you let it. We’ve talked about which browsers are best at …




    Browser Settings Too Complex? Let Firefox Handle That for You – PCMag

    Browser Settings Too Complex? Let Firefox Handle That for You  PCMag

    Firefox SVP David Camp doesn’t want internet users wasting time ‘understanding how the internet is watching you.’ He explains how security features like …




    Certificate management: Remember to enforce PKI lifecycle automation – Information Age

    Certificate management: Remember to enforce PKI lifecycle automation  Information Age

    Companies nned to enforce PKI lifecycle automation, certificate renewal and certificate management is vital.




    Chrome Web Store has 188k extensions with at least 1.2 billion installs – Ghacks Technology News

    Chrome Web Store has 188k extensions with at least 1.2 billion installs  Ghacks Technology News

    The Chrome Web Store for Chrome extensions hosts more than 188k extensions that have a total installation count of at least 1.23 billion; a scan by Extension …




    How to Enable Dark Mode on Your Web Browser – PCMag

    How to Enable Dark Mode on Your Web Browser  PCMag

    Want to dim the lights on the internet? Don’t let a bright screen mess with your eyes or sleep. Here.




    Browser extensions collect and sell data with almost no oversight – The Denver Post

    Browser extensions collect and sell data with almost no oversight  The Denver Post

    Millions of internet users have data leaked through browser extensions and subsequently sold online. Things like medical and flight information.




    Mozilla blames ‘interlocking complex systems’ and confusion for Firefox’s May add-on outage – Computerworld

    Mozilla blames ‘interlocking complex systems’ and confusion for Firefox’s May add-on outage  Computerworld

    Mozilla has issued multiple after-action reports analyzing the major mix-up in May that crippled most Firefox add-ons. The reports also made recommendations …




    Mozilla recommends a Firefox extensions that appears to be a copycat – Ghacks Technology News

    Mozilla recommends a Firefox extensions that appears to be a copycat  Ghacks Technology News

    One of the recommended extensions for the Firefox web browser may turn out to be a copycat extension; the original is not recommended by Mozilla.


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