Recently I’ve been occupying myself with several Firefox extension projects:
- Most of all, I’ve been contributing to the AMO editor team to keep the add-on review queues down to a manageable size. There’s a great deal of new submissions and updates due to the release of Firefox version 3.5. There are hundreds of updates that are minimal to non existent compatibility changes, so I’ve been able to review close to 200 updates on this month alone. I enjoy my work with the editor team, specially because I’ve very fond of doing code review and being ruthlessly critical. It’s in my nature, what can I say… There are plans for removing the AMO sandbox, which I find intriguing, to say the least. I wonder how that will change the editor group and their work.
- The Extend Firefox 3.5 competition has been officially announced. With an October deadline, it includes several new interesting categories to compete in. Jose and I are already working on Fire.fm 1.3, which will be our entry for best extension update. There’s a great deal of new features we’ll be putting into it, which I think will greatly improve our user experience. We’re also working on a few ideas for new add-ons. I hope to be able to submit a couple of entries to increase our chances of winning.
- Finally, the Add-ons Contributions pilot was introduced to AMO. This enabled add-on authors to request donations for their project right on AMO, giving our donation links more exposure and possibly allowing a few authors to remove donation requests from their add-on UI, which is always a loss for user experience. We have activated contributions for Fire.fm, and so far the response has been pretty good. We’re very happy about it and hope people will continue helping us out.
I still feel in ‘break mode’, and hope to start working in full gear soon. There’s so much I want to do, and I still need to get everything sorted out. More updates soon!