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Web FWD – Community Driven Innovation

Web FWDMozilla is looking to expand innovation through its own incubator program for the open web. Web FWD is a new program that is designed from the ground up to help build up projects that focus around open web technologies.  Teams will be invited to work within Mozilla offices for four weeks where they will be teamed u with some of the greatest minds inside of Mozilla and have access to all the Mozilla resources too.  If you are an open source web developer, this should be a dream come true.

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New Firefox Update Channels

Firefox AuroraNow that Firefox 4 is out in the wild, Mozilla is changing up the way we all test and update Firefox.  Users will now have three different variations of Firefox to download at any given time.  Now, most people will want to download the final release version – as that is the most stable of the bunch.  However, for those of you who like to test Firefox out as the development cycle rolls on – you have some exciting new things to look forward to.

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Open Web Apps

Open Web Apps from MozillaMozilla’s open and free alternative to Chrome’s web store is up and running. It might not be much to look at just yet, but it does show a lot of promise when it comes to how Mozilla will handle it’s own open web apps store. Developers who are interested in developing apps for the browser can do so very easily.  The OWA Application Manifest is now stable, so there is no more worry about changing code or policy there.

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Game On with Mozilla

Mozilla Gaming Contest

Mozilla Labs has started it’s first international gaming competition, Game On 2010.  All developers of all experience levels are invited to take part in the fun, to create games for the Web.  Game developers have until January 11, 2011 to get their entries in.

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Clean Your SQLite Databases to Speed up Firefox

Error Console in Firefox

Did you know you can tidy Firefox up, with VACUUM? No, I do not mean that thing you use to clean your carpets.  Here is a way to VACUUM your places database from within the browser.

Here are the steps you need to take:

1. Open the Firefox tools menu and click on error console.
2. Paste the following command into the code box as a single line:
Components.classes["@mozilla.org/browser/nav-history-service;1"].getService(Components.interfaces.nsPIPlacesDatabase).DBConnection.executeSimpleSQL("VACUUM");
3. Hit the “Enter” key or click the evaluate button.

The user interface will freeze for a moment, but after you are done, your SQLite databases should be less fragmented than before, leading to a leaner and meaner Firefox browsing experience.

Thanks goes to Mozilla developer Jeremy Orem for this fantastic tip!

BonusVacuum Places Improved is an add-on that will do this for you automatically.

Challenge Issued to Extend Firefox 3.5

Extend Firefox 3.5 Coming back after a one year hiatus, the Extend Firefox contest is ready to make you into the next great Firefox extender?  A personal favorite of mine, the global developer contest for Firefox always brings in a lot of cool, unique and fun extensions for people like me to use and review.  

What are the prizes this time around?  Here are just a few:

  • Development gear, including a brand new 15" MacBook Pro
  • A license for the TextMate IDE by MacroMates
  • A license for the Versions SVN client by Sofa
  • A license for ExpanDrive by ExpanDrive
  • Firefox Ogio Metro Backpack stuffed with t-shirts, stickers, and more

Sure, I got passed up for being a judge again this year, but hey… can’t argue the fact they do have a nice selection of judges to choose from.

Last year’s contest received over 100 add-on submissions, which will be a hard record to beat.  However, with some hard work I think that record can be broken.  Extend Firefox 3.5 is open now and runs through October 2nd, 2009.  Good luck to all that enter!

Link Counter

Ever wondered to yourself how many links are on this very Web site? No, neither have I really but I guess it might something that somebody wants to know. For those folks who do – you should check out the LinkCounter extension for Firefox.

The Link Counter extension, display a count of total links of a web page and his frames in status bar. You can select the link type to count: empty, file, targets, anchors, javascripts, mails, internal and external links.

I could see this being a useful tool for Web developers. Other than that, the only use I could find for it was to prove bets with your friends that you can guess how many links are on the Web page you are on. If that sort of thing amuses you, please stick to your drinking games for now.

+ Download and Install the LinkCounter Extension for Firefox!

Top 5 Extensions for Web Developers

When it comes to Web development there is no equal to the love you get from the Firefox community. I dare you to find a better browser that is suited for editing layouts and getting things just right. The only problem comes in when it comes to making everything look good in Internet Explorer as well. It is like living in a dream, and then waking up to find a nightmare.

No matter how much it scares you that most of the world is still using Internet Explorer, I have found five extensions that will make the pain go away.

+ Check Out the Top 5 Extensions for Web Developers!

FireBug

The FireBug Firefox extension would be a handy one for any Web developer to pick up and use.

FireBug lets you explore the far corners of the DOM by keyboard or mouse. All of the tools you need to poke, prod, and monitor your JavaScript, CSS, HTML and Ajax are brought together into one seamless experience, including a debugger, an error console, command line, and a variety of fun inspectors.

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