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GreaseMonkey

September 8th, 2006 at 5:09am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointLink

Ok designers and developers, this extension is for you.

The GreaseMonkey extension was a little intimidating at first, but once you find some user-based scripts, you'll start noticing other web sites that need "fixed up."

If you ever visited a site and don't like the way a particular JavaScript script is working or want additional functionality, attach a greasemonkey script to a web page and you are off and running.

The GreaseMonkey extension provides a way to attach JavaScript to a web page. For example, when you first start using Google Reader and you import a lot of RSS feeds, you don't want to read through every single article. Here is where GreaseMonkey comes in.

Attach the Google Reader Auto-Read script and run it. The next time you go to Google Reader, you'll notice a brand new option called Auto Read. Click it and it will start "auto-reading."

Back to the extension. After you install your Greasemonkey extension, go to userscripts.org or GreaseMonkeyUserScripts and right-click a link and select Install User Script. Very simple to add additional functionality to a web site.

I've been using GreaseMonkey for about a month and the community has been such a great help in assisting with custom user scripts. One site called Dive Into GreaseMonkey is designed to help with creating your own user scripts. Here, you can download a PDF ebook that takes you step-by-step on how to create one.

I think that these types of extensions are the way people will browse the Internet. If you don't like the way a site looks, give it a makeover by creating user scripts.

Definitely a great extension and, at this point in the game, I can't live without GreaseMonkey.