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Jetpack aims to enable extension development to more. The principles are that they are Web-based, secure, extensible, and robust. The XUL model is replaced by HTML, attractive to Web developers who ...

Jetpack aims to enable extension development to more. The principles are that they are Web-based, secure, extensible, and robust. The XUL model is replaced by HTML, attractive to Web developers who can carry over their skills. Add a powerful API on top of a super-fast JavaScript Engine, and the developer is in control. The user gains from a better experience, with a no-restart install, more security, and better compatibility between Firefox releases.

I will give a talk on the basics of Jetpack, delve deeper into some areas of interest with code samples, and run some demos to show how powerful and attractive the Firefox platform can be as browsers extensions evolve.

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Mozilla Jetpack SDK - LinuxTag 2010 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The Jetpack SDK Firefox Extensions Evolved Brian King LinuxTag, 12.6.2010, Berlin
  • 2. The Future of Extensions is Here
  • 3. Picture by jurvetson on Flickr
  • 4. Hackability Generative Web Generative Browser Read more: Tristan Nitot, Mozilla Europe http://www.slideshare.net/nitot/hackability-what-it-means-why-its-important
  • 5. Why Add-ons? Core to the Mozilla mission of “choice & innovation” Huge momentum versus other browsers. Customization is one of the key differentiators for Firefox and helps users feel like Firefox is “mine” Innovation incubator 1st class deployment infrastructure at Mozilla Add-ons (AMO)
  • 6. Jetpack Principles Web-Based : Attractive to Web Developers More secure Remixable Robust - Versioned API No restart / Silent updates
  • 7. What is the Jetpack SDK? An extensible library of capabilities and APIs for writing Firefox add-ons, as well as stand-alone web-technology based applications. A set of command-line tools that package and security- harden your code into distributable packages.
  • 8. Security / Stability Stronger sandboxed security model Keep users safer + notificaitons for accessing data Better stability and memory management (moving towards out-of-process extensions)
  • 9. Core Modules More at: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Labs/Jetpack/JEP#Proposals
  • 10. NOT MUCH TO HANG ON TO
  • 11. Single UI Element Launch Point JEP 102 Bug 543585 widget.add(widget.Widget({ label: "my widget", content: "http: //site/location.gif", onClick: function() {...} });
  • 12. Panels A rich content panel that floats above the browser window. JEP 103 Bug 494238
  • 13. FlightDeck The Add-ons Builder will enable the community to rapidly, collaboratively develop both extensions.
  • 14. DEMO TIME
  • 15. Roadmap More at: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Labs/Jetpack/Roadmap
  • 16. Resources FAQ: https://jetpack.mozillalabs.com/faq.html Docs: https://jetpack.mozillalabs.com/sdk/latest/docs/ Discussion Group: http://groups.google.com/group/mozilla-labs- jetpack Source Code: http://hg.mozilla.org/labs/jetpack-sdk/ Blog Posts: http://ehsanakhgari.org/blog/2010-05-31/my-experience- jetpack-sdk http://mitcho.com/blog/how-to/develop-with-jetpack-sdk-0-2/ http://mozillalabs.com/jetpack
  • 17. Thanks! Get in touch @brianking www.briks.si/kontakt