Fennec Alpha1 & Add-ons

One of the reasons we released Fennec A1 with desktop versions was to allow add-on developers to start hacking on Fennec add-ons. As long as the add-on contains no binary compiled code, it should run on any platform – including mobile devices. Developers can build and debug Fennec add-ons using the desktop builds, without needing an actual device.

As I previously posted, making a Fennec add-on is no different than making an add-on for any Mozilla-based application, such as Firefox, Thunderbird or Songbird. Fennec is a different application – add-ons for Firefox will not Just Work in Fennec. I started documenting the process of building Fennec add-ons. I plan to add some use cases there too.

Fennec supports installing add-ons from websites (remember to use the right MIME type – application/x-xpinstall). Once an extension is ready for testing, the developer can post the XPI somewhere. The add-on can then be installed to Fennec on devices or Fennec on desktops.

Very soon, we will support Fennec add-ons on AMO (addons.mozilla.org)

Update: If you want to debug your code using the error console, try using the command line flag like this:
fennec -jsconsole

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  1. ORBITA WEB: NOTIZIE E CURIOSITA' DAL MONDO WEB said,

    October 28, 2008 @ 3:42 am

    […] quanto fatto con una “user experience alpha” e fornire un punto di partenza concreto per gli sviluppatori di add-on. Per questo, oltre ai tablet di Nokia (su cui è stata segnalata una certa lentezza) Fennec si può […]

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