Ready for a Challenge?

Mozdev and Mozilla Europe have teamed up to create a Firefox Mobile (Fennec) Add-ons Challenge. The goal is to create or port add-ons to Fennec. You only need to propose a concept for now, but you’ll need to get the add-on ready for the upcoming Mozilla/Maemo developer weekend in Copenhagen on May 30-31.

See Brian King’s post for more details.

I am interested to see innovative ideas for using the limited UI in Fennec, add-ons that focus on mobile-specific functionality, and code that exposes more of the Maemo device functionality to Mozilla (yes, XPCOM is likely involved).

I also wouldn’t mind some applets (either as add-ons or XUL apps) running on Maemo. Think about mobile-specific Chatzilla or FireFTP for example. By mobile-specific, I mean dramatically different UIs, not just porting the existing desktop UI. If many little focused applets work for the iPhone, why not for other mobile platforms? And with XUL/JS, it’s pretty easy to build them. Anyone got a XUL-based Twitter app? :)

As always, we love to hear feedback from anyone building add-ons or apps on our mobile stack. Post comments, file bug reports, visit the IRC channels (#mobile & #extdev).


  1. Taras Glek said,

    May 13, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

    So since most maemo apis are in C, isn’t js-ctypes worth a mention too?

  2. Wim said,

    May 13, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

    Does this also involve dictionaries?

  3. Daniel Glazman said,

    May 14, 2009 @ 2:04 am

    Yes, I do have XUL-based twitter client ready on desktop. Let me see what I can do here, not sure I have enough free time before the Copenhagen meeting.

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