Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Prism work makes way for Chromeless effort

Category: Mozilla

Mozilla Labs announced it will no longer maintain the Prism project. Attention instead will focus on the more general Chromeless project, which also is a ”task-focused layer” running on top of Mozilla’s XULRunner runtime environment. In a blog entitled “Prism is now Chromeless,” Lloyd Hilaiel wrote: “The final change we’re announcing today takes the form Read the rest…

Posted by jvaughan at 9:50 pm
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3.4 rating from 18 votes

Friday, January 7th, 2011

People of HTML5 – Bruce Lawson

Category: Mozilla

The Mozilla folks including Mozilla Evangelist Chris Heilmann thought it a good idea to introduce some “People of HTML5,” starting with Bruce Lawson of Opera, co-author of “Introducing HTML5” and one of the curators of HTML5 Doctor.  Among the most vivid new technologies of the moment Lawson cites: …DAP (“Device APIs and Policy Working Group”). This Read the rest…

Posted by jvaughan at 4:44 pm

3.7 rating from 10 votes

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

A Drumbeat for the Open Web

Category: Mozilla

I stumbled on the Mozilla Foundation’s Drumbeat project recently: Drumbeat gathers smart, creative people like you around big ideas, practical projects and local events that improve the open web. It’s very well done combination of projects + community. There’s a whole slew of cool projects already one here. A small sample:

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:30 am
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3 rating from 3 votes

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

What can we do with a Web Store, and even an Open Web Store?

Category: Google, Mozilla

We have been thinking about the app store models for awhile, and how they port to the Web. With the Chrome Web Store we can take a look at a concrete example and think about how it could potentially grow? Mozilla just came out with a post that aims to start a discussion about what Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:49 pm
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3 rating from 5 votes

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Let Firefox open the doors for you

Category: Browsers, Mozilla

I remember when Dan Mills showed a first prototype of having the browser help you login. I have long wanted to login to the browser itself, and then have it handle my passwords etc. I use 1Password to do some of this, but I still have to click on buttons to do the login. The Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:11 am

1 rating from 1 votes

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Mozilla Web Caching Summit

Category: Browsers, Mozilla, Performance

As part of their on-going efforts to engage directly with the web developer community, Mozilla hosted a Web Caching Summit earlier this week to discuss how the web platform could better meet the needs of developers. In attendance were developers who work on Facebook, Google Search, Microsoft Office Live, Twitter, Yahoo, SproutCore, and Palm webOS. Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:39 am

4.4 rating from 11 votes

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Stop sniffing my breadcrumbs!

Category: CSS, JavaScript, Mozilla, Security

Chris Blizzard has done a nice roundup of David Baron’s post, the bug and the post on the security blog which discusses the :visited issue. We have seen :visited sniffing for good as well as ill (Aza wrote about using it to detect what networks you are on which can help you put up the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am

4.1 rating from 14 votes

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Chrome Embeds Flash!

Category: Adobe, Flash, Google, Mozilla

For some time now, Adobe has been working with platform vendors to include the Flash plug-in pre-loaded. We’ve seen this ages ago in Windows, and more recently with Adobe’s efforts in the Open Screen Project. Now, there’s news of something a little bit different. In our second Google-y post of the week, there’s the news Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:00 am

3.1 rating from 45 votes

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Mozilla Labs releases alpha version of contacts in the browser

Category: Mozilla

Michael Hanson and a team at Mozilla Labs have been doing some really interesting work with Identity in the browser (and taking ownership back from services). They just released an alpha add-on for Firefox that begins to integrate contacts from services (right now: “Gmail, Twitter, and, on MacOS-based machines, the local Address Book” but growing). Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:40 am

4 rating from 23 votes

Jetpack SDK: The reboot of the extensions

Category: Firefox, Mozilla

The Jetpack project over at Mozilla Labs has been rethinking what it is to extend the browser (as has Chrome Extensions). They both move us to using Web technologies and skills rather than having to digg into XUL or C++. The project has gone through a reboot, and shed the original experiment as Jetpack Prototype. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:16 am

4.3 rating from 21 votes

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Mozilla JägerMonkey: Method based JIT + Trace based JIT = speed

Category: JavaScript, Mozilla, Performance

David Anderson: “TraceMonkey has rocket boosters, so it runs really fast when the boosters are on, but the boosters can’t always be turned on.” Opera’s new JIT compiler Carakan is doing well as we just posted. What is Mozilla doing with TraceMonkey? A lot. Mozilla JägerMonkey adds method based JIT (of V8 and Nitro fame) Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:05 am

4.6 rating from 24 votes

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Mozilla Labs’ Weave can become a platform for us

Category: Mozilla, Server

Mozilla Labs has released the magical 1.0 version of Weave and the doors are now open for developers. When I was a part of Mozilla Labs day to day, I always loved the vision and team behind Weave. I kept wanting the implementation to match the vision, but it is a tough problem and it Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:08 pm

3.4 rating from 14 votes

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Taking a stance: Comparing video codec issue (H.264) to ActiveX

Category: Mozilla

Sometimes you need to compromise, but at others you need to lead and take a stance. Our politicians do far too much via polls, and I often find myself wishing for more leadership. I could start talking about Obama and the healthcare issue in the US….. but this is a technical blog so I won’t Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:01 am

4.1 rating from 38 votes

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Official Firefox Add-On Store?

Category: Firefox, Mozilla

According to The Register, Mozilla may soon build a marketplace for add-ons: Mozilla has said it will “probably” open a marketplace for Firefox add-ons sometime next year. Add-ons product manager Justin Scott (reluctantly) announced the news this morning at an add-on-happy conference in Mozilla’s home town of Mountain View, California. “We’ll probably be doing a Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 10:59 pm
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2.7 rating from 31 votes

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Firefox 3.6 appearance adds a lot of developer features

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Mozilla

Firefox 3.6 is already on the scene with the first beta release. The Mozilla team is moving faster and faster these days which is fantastic to see. At the high level: Users can now change their browser’s appearance with a single click, with built in support for Personas. Firefox 3.6 will alert users about out Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:30 am

2.7 rating from 69 votes

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Enhanced Firefox Memory Profiler Add-on

Category: Firefox, Mozilla

Atul Varma keeps on producing more amazing tools for the Web than I have had hot dinners. I got to work with him on the original memory tool experiment and he has just improved it a lot. As well as the nice new look, there is a new API with nice methods such as getObjectTable Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:27 am

2.6 rating from 25 votes

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