Firefox News: Good and Bad
Firefox is getting a lot of press lately: Some good and some bad.
Firefox is receiving a lot of news lately.
Below is a list of news posts I've seen over the last couple of days.
Good: Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate is out!
According to the Mozilla Developer Center, here are the following features added to this release:
- Users can change the browser’s appearance with a single click using Personas.
- Firefox 3.6 alerts users about out of date plugins to keep them safe.
- Changes to how third-party software integrates with Firefox to increase stability.
- Improved automatic form fill provides better options from your form history.
- Open, native video can now be displayed full screen, and supports poster frames.
- Support for the WOFF font format.
- The ability to run scripts asynchronously to speed up page load times.
- Support for the HTML5 File API.
- Support for new CSS, DOM and HTML5 web technologies.
There are a lot of updates in this 3.6 RC1 release, but with the good come the bad.
BAD: Firefox 3.6 Add-On architecture will be replaced
Don't fret, the add-on architecture won't disappear completely, it will only be replaced. However, developers may need to revisit their add-on to see if it's backwards-compatible with the new Firefox through the Add-On Compatibility Reporter.
The current architecture will be replaced with JetPack, Mozilla's new way to extend and personalize the web.
The good news is that the browser is evolving: it's not just for add-ons or themes anymore. JetPack will allow developers and designers to extend the browser in multiple ways. Instead of a simple add-on, it could be a entire suite of additions for a particular industry (I'm guessing that the first step was Collections).
UPDATE: As soon as I published this, Lifehacker reported on Firefox 4 Design Mock-Ups Gets an Update! Awesome!
Jonathan Danylko is a freelance web architect and avid programmer who has been programming for over 20 years. He has developed various systems in numerous industries including e-commerce, biotechnology, real estate, health, insurance, and utility companies.
When asked what he likes doing in his spare time, he answers..."programming."
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