5 Mozilla projects you should know about.
September 7th, 2011
TL;DR: ( in order of can-I-use-this-now-or-what )
- Add-on SDK ( aka Jetpack )
- Open Web Apps / Web Intents
- WebAPI for Mobile
Note: Mozilla experiments with the web and help create standards that work with all browers ( admittedly, with mixed results! )
Mozilla's Add-on SDK, aka Jetpack
- simpler, web technology based api and tools for creating add-ons
- use all the HTML, JS & CSS you already know
- version 1.0 released in June, represents a solid, future proof base to develop add-ons, in particular simpler ones
- Not a standard, in fact very Mozilla-centric.
- future plans include mobile support, more api modules, seamless support for multi-process Firefox ( 'electrolysis' )
Open Web Apps / Web Intents
- Mozilla-led initiative to create an app platform that can run anywhere, and apis that can be exposed to the browser and used by any web page.
- write your web app and target different platforms and devices with the same codebase
- collaborating with Google to ensure common apis with Google's web intents initiative.
- no more iframe / 'like' button hacks - integrate with common web apis directly in your own site, with the communications brokered by the browser itself.
- Secure, password-less login using a trusted third party.
- Core concept is the familiar 'email account control' determinism.
- The intention is to create a standard that makes this easier for everyone.
- secure api for accessing devices and capabilities on a given hardware platform
- an obvious mobile focus, but also interesting possibilities for desktop use.
- working with existing standard efforts such as DeviceAPI
- goal is to provide working tech in 6 months
- being worked on by all browser vendors