JavaScript Interpreter in Firefox 2

It would seem that Firefox 2 is going to get a leg up when it comes to JavaScript as well.

One of the new browser’s key elements, and perhaps the beneficiary of the greatest amount of change, is its new JavaScript interpreter. As more Web sites take advantage of the new benefits of Asynchronous JavaScript — especially as they embed objects or functionality from Google and Microsoft Windows Live — the JavaScript interpreter may play a much more active role, not only in the operation of the browser but in the implementation of Web-based applications.

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12 New Firefox Features

We all know that Firefox 2 is going to be packed full of a lot of goodies. How many? It is hard to tell the exact number, but I have found a Web site that goes through at least twelve of them.

Firefox 2.0, RC2 was recently made available to the general public. While there have been some rumbles about the “2.0″ moniker – with some saying the new feature set only warrants a “1.5.x” badging – there, are several new tools and features in this latest release.

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Smart Google Reader Subscriptions

If you use Google’s Feed Reader this is a Greasemonkey script that you need. This script adds a feed icon to the upper right corner of your browser window for one-click subscription to Google Reader.

My version of the script adds an overlayed check icon when you’re subscribed to at least one of the feeds that the site advertises via auto-discovery. This was made easy by a URL that Reader exports: http://www.google.com/reader/api/0/subscribed?s=feed/. It returns “true” or “false” depending on whether the current user (as determined by the Google Account cookie) is subscribed to the given feed.

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Firefox 2.0 Compatible Extensions

So, does the Mozilla Firefox extension Web site suck? Well, I guess there is an argument for that. I wouldn’t be so harsh, but it could use some improvements. One big concern folks have is it is pretty hard to hunt down Firefox 2 compatible extensions. When not every extension author has updated – it is disappointing to see an extension you want to use and see it is for an older version only.

Well here is your fix, somebody has made a big list of all the extensions out there today that are compatible with Firefox 2.

+ Check Out the Big List of Firefox 2 Compatible Extensions!

Aging Tabs

I really like the new look for tabs in Firefox 2. It just feels a lot nicer than older versions have. Is there still room for improvement? Sure, but that is the job of extensions for now. The Aging Tabs Firefox extension shades your tabs different colors due to how long ago it was you last used them. I would still like to see a little more customization with this extension, but overall I think it is a nice pick.

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Funny Firefox Bug Test

When you mix a little CSS code with Firefox, you get a neat trick that no other browser out there can do. Well, even if they could I wouldn’t care because this is called Firefox Facts, not IE Facts! Anyways, check it out – learn how to do it yourself and be careful where you middle click!

+ Check Out This Funny Firefox Bug Test!

Digger

Don’t be fooled by the name, this extension has nothing to do with Digg.com. It is though a great tool to actually make that “Go” button a little more useful!

Allows you to navigate to parent directories in a URL and climb through subdomains (e.g. go to http://example.com/ from http://sub.example.com/), all from a context menu on the Go button (and on the toolbar button provided by Go Up, if you have that extension installed).

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