Just before I left for Hawaii a month ago, I was contacted by Om Malik who wanted to talk to me about Firefox. Om was writing an article for Business 2.0 magazine and was introduced to me through Blake Ross.
We talked about the Web Developer extension as well as Firefox in general. It was a good conversation, but I did not think I had said anything interesting enough to warrant inclusion in the article. However, the article came out last week and I was pleasantly surprised to find I made an appearance:
…Firefox will only grow more powerful. Just ask San Francisco-based Web developer Chris Pederick, who’s created a free tool kit that makes building Web applications in Firefox easy. “There is a lot more at stake here than Microsoft admits,” Pederick says.
It is definitely worth reading the full article and you can find my words of wisdom in the very last paragraph on the second page.
With the Firefox 1.0 release due soon the extension version has been increased to 1.0 recently. This weekend I updated both the User Agent Switcher and Web Developer extensions to support this and asked for the change to be made on Mozilla Update.
I am also planning on releasing new versions of both extensions soon after Firefox 1.0 is released. For the User Agent Switcher this is just a minor update with a few enhancements, but the Web Developer release will be a major upgrade. You can check out what is already coded for this next release on the to-do page.
With the last release of the User Agent Switcher extension I increased the maximum supported version for Firefox to 0.10+ so that it works on Firefox preview release builds.
I am currently working on the next release of the Web Developer extension, but it is not yet ready for release. Therefore I have just updated version 0.8 with the same maximum supported version for Firefox as that of the User Agent Switcher extension. The updated Web Developer extension is available from the download page and should be on Mozilla Update soon.
I have also updated the Web Developer to-do page to list what I have already coded for the next release so that you can see the progress that I am making.
A new version of the User Agent Switcher extension has been released. The main addition in this release is support for changing the app name and app version in builds of Firefox and Mozilla after July 22nd, as per bug 166395. This release should also finally fix the incompatibilities with the Compact Menu extension.
A new version of the User Agent Switcher extension has been released. This release adds a toolbar button for Firefox and improves the interface for maintaining the list of user agents, as well as fixing the incompatibilities with the Compact Menu extension and the user agent not resetting when the browser was closed.