Mobile Add-on Development

I was part of this year’s Add-on Con event, presenting some information on building add-ons for Firefox Mobile. Learning how to work in multiple processes can be tricky at first, but once you get used to working with messages, it gets easier. The information was also relevant for Firefox Desktop, since multiple processes will show up there in a future release. Felipe Gomes is working very hard on getting that project jump started.

In addition to the presentation, I made some video tutorials on building Firefox Mobile add-ons, including a multi-process add-on. Fellow Mozillian, Sara Yap, encouraged me to add some code to the page to allow subtitling. I am excited to see how that works out.

Mozilla is currently running a contest for mobile add-ons – The Firefox Mobile Add-ons Cup. Get your add-on entered as soon as possible. Join Mozilla IRC (#mobile or #mobileaddons) if you have questions about building your add-on.

Firefox Mobile keeps getting better and better. I recently acquired a Samsung Galaxy Tab and I have to say, Firefox is awesome on the Tab.

Add-on Training at Add-on Con

I’ll be taking part in the Training Day portion of Add-on Con this year. Firefox Mobile has made the jump to a multi-process architecture and many aspects of add-on development have changed. Sure, this could be a little scary. Yes, you will need to learn some new tricks. Of course, we’ll be here to help you. My session at Add-on Con will be all about building add-ons that work in a multi-process architecture.

As a developer on the Front-end team of Firefox Mobile, I can tell you that we had to go through the same kind of code changes. Check out some documentation we have for working with multi-process. I’ve also started to build some video tutorials on the subject too. They won’t win any Oscar’s, but might give you a better understanding of what’s changing.

Even if building add-ons for Firefox Mobile isn’t your cup of tea, it’s probably a good idea to pay attention. Rumor has it that desktop Firefox is moving to multi-process soon too.

Hope to see you at Add-on Con. Don’t forget the Mozilla Party!