Gecko Addons

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Extending gecko (the base of FireFox and a bunch of other junk you've not likely heard of) is unpleasant, but can lead to amusing results. Here's some lessons learned while implementing the ThousandEyes DNS-profiling plugin.

XPCOM

  • Components available within xulrunner applications
  • Can be created in either JavaScript or C++

Addon Manager

  • If addons.mozilla.org is to be used for staging, code must be open source if the addon is to move out of "Experimental" status