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Firefox: Bootstrapped Extensions, No Restart Required!

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Well this is interesting news from Mozilla, the company behind Firefox.

Of course we will need some examples to confirm that this approach is useful.



Bootstrapped add-ons exist as a means of restricting what is available to an add-on in order to allow it to be loaded and unloaded without restarting the application.

Backwards Compatibility

Older versions of Firefox do not know about the em:bootstrap flag or bootstrap.js file but with care it is possible to make the same XPI usable in both cases. Older versions would just treat it as a normal add-on requiring a restart to install and uninstall and loading components and chrome from the normal places. Newer versions will ignore the components and chrome and just load the bootstrap.js. [link]



Written by SilverWav

April 13, 2010 at 1:32 am

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