Creating Simple Firefox "Add-Ons" With Ubiquity: Developing Add-Ons for Firefox Can Be Tedious, But It's Not Hard

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Executive Summary

Making add-ons for Firefox is not hard, but development can be tedious, especially as there is no formal development IDE for making them (Venkman comes closest, but it's not very close). So, if the developer creates a component, he or she has to build the XUL supports and overlays, bind in the JavaScript and CSS (and any XBL that's necessary to support things), then update one or more configuration files (which seem to change with every version). Then the developer have to zip the content up, rename the file, load in the new add-on, reboot the browser, and cross his or her fingers that he haven't done something that causes the browser to crash.

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