If you have ever thought about building a Fx Extension, here is a comprehensive guide that can help you not just build an extension, but one that will get used. The Developing a Firefox Extension That People Actually Use: 32 Essential Tools and Tutorials is very informative (but not overwhelming) with most of the steps containing external links. The opening paragraph sums it up well..
Over the past few years, Mozilla Firefox has dramatically increased in popularity, largely because of its ability to incorporate extensions. The extensions developed for Firefox range from simple calculators to complete application replacement, and their popularity is causing developers everywhere to consider making their own. Despite the popularity of Firefox extensions, however, the vast majority of the add-ons that are created are rarely used. In this article, we provide you with the vital resources you need to not only create a Firefox extension, but also to help you create one that is actually used by other people.
There are a few of the tools/tutorials I wanted to discuss in more detail:
- #28 10 Useful Firefox Extensions That Don’t Get Glamorized. I took a look at this list and I am using 4 of the 10 which include Download Statusbar, Colorful Tabs, PDF Download and MediaPlayerConnectivity. Important to note this list was complied back at the end of January 2006. There was one extension, WebmailCompose that sounded useful. which was suppose to automatically open an associated web based e-mail composer when an e-mail link is clicked. I was going to try it out, only to discover it is the sandbox and for good reason too. The author claims on the extension page that it works with Fx 0.8 – 3.0a1. For one thing the latest build (nightly) on Fx 3 is m7 and more importantly, the extension does not work in Fx 2.
- #29 Top Useful Firefox Extensions. Another list that has some of the same as that in #28, but also I saw IE Tab and FoxyTunes along with Yahoo!Mail Notifier (which I used when I had Yahoo!Mail).
- #32 Top 10 Firefox Web 2.0 Add-ons. I looked through the list and none of those extensions I am using. Most of them look like they involve social networks/bookmarks such as StumbleUpon, delicous, etc. Also included was the Wizz RSS News Reader which I had looked at a long time ago, but still prefer and use the one the comes with Flock 0.7.14
If I ever head down the extension building road, this will be a very handy reference article with a comprehensive list of tools and resources in one place. I’ve also found some other things I want to check out (and my be write about) by visiting some of the links here.
Tip Source:Rich McIver via Contact Us.