[Project_owners] Anecdotes about Extension Development

Philip Chee philip.chee at gmail.com
Sun Sep 14 10:28:46 PDT 2008

On Sun, 14 Sep 2008 17:46:09 +0200, Ramiro Aparicio wrote:

> Some other stories to tell:
>  + Initiallly my IDE was: Notepad + Winrar (yes I made the whole zip and
> rename process every time) + TortoiseCVS, I then changed to Notepad + 7zip +
> Bat + Tortoise, then Eclipse + 7zip to finally Eclipse with Ant builder,
> originally I took me 5 minutes to make a xpi while now its only 20-30
> seconds.

That's pretty lame. I have a BAT file (and a bash script for linux
boxen) that takes less than 5 seconds. Is Eclipse+Ant that bloated?

>  + I will never forget the last second change about security restrictions in
> RC3 a week before Firefox 3 release, everyone already had their T-shirt at
> home for updating extensions to be compatible with FF3 but a week before
> release hundreds of extensions developers saw their extensions broken and
> with 6 days to rerelease and the review list on AMO bigger than ever.

Me too.

> I still love one of the comments on that bug:
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=292789#c101
> + Until my last release a couple of months ago I still was testing my

Mike Shavers comment in #c100 was quite sarcastic too.

> extension in Seamonkey, I thought that if it worked there I would work in
> every version of Firefox.

Hey, don't give up on SeaMonkey yet! We are in Alpha 1 code freeze and
will be releasing SeaMonkey 2.0a1 in sync with Thunderbird 3.0b1.


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