Tools – XPIStubs (pronounced Zippy Stubs) Use this and forget half of what you need to know. Still needs some work.
Speaker looks like Hani (bileblog)
Looks like this tool stubs out everything you need to develop firefox extensions. Run the program to stub out program, do a ./configure make and it installs a plugin into firefox that pops up a window “Test”.
All you need to know to get started developing firefox extendsions are
- XPIStubs to get quickly stubbed out
- XulPlanet.com for reference
Extensions allow you to add new features to existing applications and add new functionality to browsers.
Why user firefox:
- Cross platform applications
- add content to the users browser
- provide the user w/ a better experience through client side customization
- easier than many alternatives
- b/c it’s cool
The xml interface language for mozilla/firefox
- layout and base widget set
- uses css for styling
And… it may be loaded remotely or locally.
- trap events like button clicks and key presses and allow you to respond to those events.
- like command but can push out
- Command sets can call on controllers to respond to events (like focus)
RDF and Templates
- allows you to define a template for displaying RDF data
- Difficult to use but very cool
- XML binding language
- allows ou to create new widgets or modify existing widgets
- cross platform components
- Components are global to all chrome packages
- possibly the most important part of GRE
XPI: Cross platform Installer
- packaged in a jar file
- handles cross platform installs
- typically use text based tools (vim, emacs, notepad??)
- Dom Inspector
- cview (XPCOM inspector)
Not Bad – rest seems like it will be demos, so shutting down to save batter power.
Update – ACK! It almost looks like jelly – programming in XML – WAY WAY Verbose