Monday, April 7th, 2008

window.crypto: want crypto primitives in the browser? You may already have it

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Security

It seems to make sense to add crypto helpers to the browser, for use by us, the humble JavaScript developer. I have called out to this in the past and people bring it up often on various lists. Brad Neuberg found that Gecko actually has built-in crypt primitives via window.crypto! Mozilla defines a special JavaScript Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:21 am

2.9 rating from 17 votes

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Browser Update: Firefox 3b5 and Opera Mini 4.1 beta

Category: Firefox, Mobile, Opera

We have a couple of browser updates. First, we have Firefox 3 beta 5 which has improved integration with the host system, a better places organizer, and a bump: Speed improvements to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimizations have resulted in continued improvements in performance. Compared to Firefox 2, web applications like Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:57 am

3.7 rating from 22 votes

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Happy 10 Year Birthday Mozilla

Category: Browsers, Firefox

Ten years ago today, the code dropped from Netscape to the Mozilla project. Mitchell Baker has written up her thoughts as she looks back the last 10 years, and tries to look at the future. People are celebrating too. Air Mozilla will have a live show with host Asa Dotzler, and guests Mitchell Baker, Brendan Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:41 pm
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4.3 rating from 17 votes

Help Debug Firebug

Category: Debugging, Firefox

There are some bleeding edge releases in the world of the Firebug. A new alpha version of Firebug 1.2 is available for testing. It has several performance improvements, and some new UI. Give it a go and report any issues. Also, ChromeBug takes Firebug into the world of debugging full Firefox extensions. It depends on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:01 am

4.5 rating from 26 votes

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Firefox 3 Memory Usage

Category: Firefox, Performance

Stuart Parmenter has been blogging about his work on memory usage and various malloc() libraries and their tradeoffs. In his latest, he talks about the memory usage in Firefox 3 today and the work that he has done: Reduced Memory fragmentation: One of the things we did to help was to minimize the number of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:41 am

4.3 rating from 64 votes

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Firefox 3 beta 4: postMessage and perf

Category: Browsers, Firefox

Mozilla has released Firefox 3 beta 4 which includes new standards support and performance: Improved platform features such as: support for HTML5’s window.postMessage and window.messageEvent, JavaScript 1.8 improvements, and offline data storage for web applications. Performance improvements: changes to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimization resulted in significant gains over previous releases Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:57 am

4.3 rating from 36 votes

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Mozilla Prism update makes it easy to create wrappers

Category: Firefox

Mozilla Prism has just released a new version that shows off Firefox integration: Today we’re releasing a major update to Prism that includes new desktop integration capabilities and simpler installation. With this update, you can now get Prism simply by installing a small extension to Firefox 3. With the new Prism extension for Firefox 3, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:29 am

3.9 rating from 33 votes

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Firefox 3 Mac performance gains due to undocumented APIs

Category: Browsers, Firefox, WebKit

Vladimir Vukićević has posted on the performance improvements of Firefox 3 on the Mac, and how one hack, albeit “dangerous” has helped ton. Vladamir says: While figuring all this out, I noticed that Safari/WebKit didn’t seem to be affected by this framerate cap — the fps meter when Safari was running the same benchmark happily Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:36 am

3.9 rating from 17 votes

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Firebug 1.1 and

Category: Debugging, Firefox

John J Barton has been working hard on Firebug 1.1, but the work has been in the dark a little unless you are paying attention. He has been putting releases up, and Kris Zyp has been kind enough to host I have talked to a few people recently who keep Firefox 2 around just “because Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:04 am

4.1 rating from 40 votes

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Random thoughts from a Firefox

Category: Editorial, Firefox

Robert O’Callahan has a nice recap of BaaCamp down under. Robert talks about various talks that he went too, for example on AIR which touted: features that can and should be provided by browsers too, possibly via extensions like Gears for the laggards, ideally via standard APIs like HTML5. Robert feels like there is still Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:57 am
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3.8 rating from 13 votes

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Mozilla hires Aza Raskin and other Humanized folk

Category: Firefox

Wow, John Lilly is shaking things up as CEO! Mozilla has managed to hire the guys behind Humanized: Mozilla has hired 3 of the principals from Humanized. They will be joining the Mozilla Labs team on January 16, 2008. We expect a lot of innovation work from them, some Firefox-related, some broader, just like everything Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:17 pm

4 rating from 21 votes

John Lilly , CEO of Mozilla, Interviewed

Category: Firefox, Podcasts

Sean Ammirati of ReadWriteTalk has posted an interview with John Lilly, the new CEO of Mozilla. Listen, or read the transcript. Ok. In Firefox 3 is the killer browser. And I think I’ve been using the Beta since Beta 1 and Beta 2 is even better. Even in the Beta, we’ve surpassed the quality of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:31 am

3 rating from 27 votes

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

XUL Templates

Category: Firefox

Mark Finkle has posted about new datasources for XUL templating which links to a nice tutorial. I hope to see more XUL/like features finding their way into the Open Web. Take a look at some of the examples: Using vbox to use fun box model stuff and create a simple vertical box: < View plain Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:01 am
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2.9 rating from 18 votes

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Mozilla Weave: More servers for your browser

Category: Firefox

Mozilla has launched yet another project from its labs: Mozilla Labs Weave: As the Web continues to evolve and more of our lives move online, we believe that Web browsers like Firefox can and should do more to broker rich experiences while increasing user control over their data and personal information. One important area for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:40 am

3.9 rating from 27 votes

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Remember, the Milk has spilled on your Gmail

Category: Firefox, Google, Showcase

We blogged about the Gmail helper API in November, and the good folks at Remember The Milk have used the API to add tasks to the Gmail interface in a nice mashup: Yup, that’s RTM in there! Remember The Milk for Gmail is a Firefox extension that lets you do all kinds of crazy cool Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:46 am

3.9 rating from 22 votes

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Firefox Canvas 3D Extension Available

Category: Canvas, Firefox

When Ben and I gave our latest State of Ajax talk we wanted to show off Canvas 3D. We saw the “moz-gles11” context for Firefox 3, but at the time you had to build that bad boy from source. Riiight. Now the game has changed. Vladamir has detailed Canvas 3D in Firefox and has created Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:31 am

3.5 rating from 32 votes