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Nobody’s Perfect

An interesting article from TechCrunch was published this morning about Google Chrome’s new extensions platform. I’m very excited to see so much talk about add-ons recently, and Chrome’s extension support shows how important browser customization is.

I’ve been experimenting with Chrome extensions and plan on posting my thoughts on the experience soon, but the TechCrunch article caught me by surprise with some of its statements that I wanted to comment on sooner.

Most notable was the comparison of the Chrome extensions platform to Firefox’s current add-ons platform without a single mention of the Mozilla Labs Jetpack project. Jetpack is an experimentation into what the future of Firefox add-ons might look like using web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. These add-ons are installed without a browser restart, are automatically up-to-date, and also appear instantaneously in the Jetpack Gallery. And it’s very easy to write a useful Jetpack extension in just a couple minutes that even works on Mac.

Feature Presentation

Jetpack logo

Today, Mozilla Labs announced Jetpack, a new experiment in extending and personalizing the Web.

I’m incredibly excited by this project and the thought of what it can become. I was a web developer before I was an extension developer, and being able to harness the power of extensions with the simplicity of jQuery opens up an entirely new platform and an entirely new community of people making the web more convenient and personal.

As a celebration of this, I wrote a completely useless Jetpack feature that I’m calling Image Swapper. It takes all of the images in your open tabs and mixes them up with each other. I mainly created it as a demo of how easy and fun it can be to make a Jetpack, and you can see that demo below: