Mozilla Introduces Jetpack Gallery
Article by George Norman
On 16 Nov 2009
This spring the Mozilla Foundation announced the release of Jetpack, a project that would uncover new ways to extend and personalize the web – in layman’s terms, Jetpack is an API (application programming interface) that lets developers use the web technologies they are already familiar with (like HTML, CSS and JavaScript) and write Firefox add-ons.

“With Jetpack, we’re building upon our experience over the last four years empowering a community of more than 8,000 developers to produce more than 12,000 add-ons to imagine and build the next generation of the add-ons platform. We want to grow our community of developers by orders of magnitude through making add-on creation much more accessible, and yet more powerful by developing it as an extensible platform for innovation itself. Many useful Jetpack feature’s can be written in under a dozen lines of code,” explained the Jetpack team when Jetpack 0.1 was released back in May.

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But the launch of Jetpack is old news. What’s new is the launch of Jetpack Gallery. How does this benefit the Firefox user and/or the Firefox developer? Starting with the users, they will be able to easily get their hands on some innovative add-ons and enhance the functionality provided by the Firefox browser. The developers on the other hand will get visibility in the Jetpack community and will receive important feedback from the aforementioned users.

“The gallery makes it easy for developers to host and promote their Firefox Jetpack add-ons, and makes it even easier for users to find those great new features. The Jetpack gallery, while still a beta, makes it easy to find new functionality that extends your Firefox experience with new abilities. You can browse Jetpacks by tag, author, and popularity, as well as vote on and review the ones you try. Jetpacks in the gallery have screenshots and video introductions, making it easy to get to know what you are getting before installing,” explained the Jetpack team.

Visit the official Jetpack site here and the Jetpack Gallery site here.
You can get the Jetpack add-on straight from Mozilla
here.



Tags: Mozilla, Jetpack, Jetpack Gallery, Firefox
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