Firefox


Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Firefox 3 beta: Fonts and Colors

Category: Browsers, Firefox

Firefox 3 beta 1 is in the wild for developers to test with: Improved security features such as: better presentation of website identity and security, malware protection, stricter SSL error pages, anti-virus integration in the download manager, and version checking for insecure plugins. Improved ease of use through: better password management, easier add-on installation, new Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:50 am
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2.7 rating from 66 votes

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

AxsJAX: Access-Enabling AJAX

Category: Accessibility, Ajax, Firefox

Charles L. Chen, the developer behind the Fire Vox Firefox plugin that enables the browser to talk to you, has released a new open source project, AxsJAX. In my first week at Google, I discovered Google Reader a highly optimized feed reader with very good keyboard support. For my starter project at Google, I decided Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:11 am
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3 rating from 22 votes

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Mozilla hunting for memory

Category: Debugging, Firefox, Performance

Firefox used to be the lean mean fast browser. Well, definitely fast. People flocked to it, in part, due to its speed. These days it seems like it is falling back and people are jumping on WebKit nightly, Opera, and even IE 7 as faster alternatives. Mozilla is a little flummoxed by the birds memory Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:09 am
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4.1 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Songbird v0.3: API for media mashups

Category: Firefox, JavaScript

Brian Dillard has a great write-up about the newest release of Songbird, the Mozilla-based platform for building Web media mash-ups: If you’ve yet to experience Songbird, a little background is in order. The project is run by Pioneers of the Inevitable, a Bay Area company founded by veterans of Winamp and the Yahoo! Music Engine. Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 12:49 pm
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3.9 rating from 29 votes

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Mozilla Prism: Save As Web Application

Category: Firefox

Mozilla has announced a new application that has been placed in Labs called Prism. Prism takes WebRunner and let’s it integrate nicely into the target operating system. This means that you can take any web site that you currently visit a lot, and place it in its own process, and you can launch it like Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:36 am
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3 rating from 28 votes

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Mobile Firefox Announced

Category: Firefox, Mobile

Mike Schroepfer has announced that Mobile Firefox is coming in a big way. When you think of a mobile browser, you may first think about Opera and WebKit, but Mozilla wants to change this. We have already seen the seeds of change as Mike points out: You can already get a Mozilla-based browser for the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:27 am
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4.3 rating from 39 votes

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

JS-CTYPES: Calling out to native code from XUL

Category: Firefox, JavaScript, Library

Mark Finkle has ported Python’s ctypes to JavaScript, and has created JS-CTYPES which allows you to declare and call exported methods from binary/shared libraries from Mozilla’s privileged JavaScript. The idea is to make dealing with XPCOM simpler. You end up with code like this: < View plain text > javascript const nsINativeType = Components.interfaces.nsINativeType;   Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:43 am
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3 rating from 21 votes

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Audible Ajax Episode 22: Joe Hewitt on Firebug, Firefox, and iUI

Category: Firefox, Interview, iPhone, Podcasts, Utility

This is Joe Hewitt week. We were fortunate enough to find some time to chat with Joe about a myriad of topics. These topics ranged from: Firebug: How Firebug came about, tips and tricks and hidden toys, and YSlow Browsers: We had a fun chat about the history of Firefox, and how Gecko and Webkit Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:00 am
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4.6 rating from 99 votes

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Mozilla Announces Screaming, Iron, Action Monkeys – Tamarin in IE

Category: Browsers, Firefox, JavaScript

Brendan Eich always delivers on a great keynote, and to conclude the opening day of the show, he had some announcements up his sleeve. Mozilla has three monkey’s up their sleeve: Iron Monkey Mozilla is taking IronPython and IronRuby produced from Microsoft and mapping it to to Tamarin. This will by in the guise of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:38 am
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2 rating from 193 votes

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

ActionMonkey: Getting rid of the spiders in the browser

Category: Firefox, JavaScript, Performance

John Resig has blogged about ActionMonkey which is the first real news that we have heard from Mozilla after Adobe donated Tamarin to the foundation: ActionMonkey is Mozilla’s latest foray into a new JavaScript engine. It’s actually an amalgam of two of Mozilla’s current engines: SpiderMonkey (which powers the current Mozilla platform) and Tamarin (the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:54 am
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4.2 rating from 27 votes

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Firefox 3: SQLite and more

Category: Firefox

Firefox 3 is to support SQLite for offline storage. The new alpha release tells us this and a lot more (below). The world of the RDBMS has come to the browser, and has jumped from server to client in the Web platform. Bookmarks portion of Places has been enabled New crash reporting system, Breakpad. It’s Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:10 am
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4.1 rating from 33 votes

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Primera: 3D Communication World

Category: Firefox, Games

Sebastian Garcia has spent a year on Primera and I think it shows. Primera is a multiplayer environment where you control an avatar that moves around an isometric-scrollable map and you are able to see what other people are doing/saying, and it runs entirely on dhtml. Primera has been developed from scratch. The server side Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:47 am
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4.2 rating from 39 votes

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Browser Wars: Mozilla, IE, Opera join up for a panel discussion

Category: Browsers, Firefox, IE, Interview, Microsoft, Opera

Presented by the Silicon Valley WebBuilder, this event brought together Mike Shaver from Mozilla, Chris Wilson from Microsoft’s IE team, HÃ¥kon Lie from Opera, and expertly moderator Douglas Crockford from Yahoo! to talk about the current state of the browser landscape. At first, each person got a chance to say their peace. Here are some Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:00 am
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4.5 rating from 69 votes

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

More on Offline Support in Firefox

Category: Firefox, Offline

Mozilla’s Rob O’Callahan blogged about the technologies behind yesterday’s posting on Zimbra’s off-line mode: As Chris mentioned, there are four pieces to our offline puzzle… the only really new part is using &lquot;link rel=”offline-resource”&rquot; to put resources in a persistent “offline cache” that won’t accidentally evict your application. That is quite simple and once we’re Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:00 am
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3.3 rating from 13 votes

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Offline Zimbra in Action

Category: Firefox, Offline, Screencast

Chris Double of Mozilla has posted about a proof of concept showing Zimbra working offline with Firefox. The Firefox features used to enable offline operation were: DOM Storage for storing emails and folder information. DOM Storage is an implementation of a WHATWG specification. Offline Cache. A patch is available for Firefox that adds an offline Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:42 am
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4 rating from 22 votes

Monday, February 12th, 2007

DOM Storage and Microformats

Category: Firefox

John Resig has been writing about the bleeding edge features that will hopefully hit us around the Firefox 3 timeframe: DOM Storage and Microformat integration. DOM Storage John wanted to delve into DOM Storage and answered some of the questions posed such as: What’s to stop a script from filling an entire storage area with Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:42 am
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3.8 rating from 23 votes