The Gecko monoculture

March 7, 2016 § 8 Comments

I remember a time, not so very long ago, when Gecko powered 4 or 5 non-Mozilla browsers, some of them on exotic platforms, as well as GPS devices, wysiwyg editors, geographic platforms, email clients, image editors, eBook readers, documentation browsers, the UX of virus scanners, etc, as well as a host of innovative and exotic add-ons. In these days, Gecko was considered, among other things, one of the best cross-platform development toolkits available.

The year is now 2016 and, if you look around, you’ll be hard-pressed to find Gecko used outside of Firefoxen (alright, and Thunderbird and Bluegriffon). Did Google or Apple or Microsoft do that? Not at all. I don’t know how many in the Mozilla community remember this, but this was part of a Mozilla strategy. In this post, I’d like to discuss this strategy, its rationale, and the lessons that we may draw from it.

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Makefile for Firefox extensions

December 19, 2007 § Leave a comment

I have just released a script to automate some of the tedious tasks related to Firefox extension development. This script was used in OpenBerg when OpenBerg was written in C++. You may grab it here.
Je viens de publier un script pour automatiser certaines des tâches liées au développement d’extensions pour Firefox. Ce script était utilisé par OpenBerg lorsque OpenBerg était écrit en C++. Vous pouvez le trouver ici.

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