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Extend Firefox: Your Guide to Writing Firefox Extensions

After three weeks of work, the first draft of Extend Firefox is complete and available at http://www.rietta.com/firefox.

This document explores the process for creating an extension for Firefox 1.5. The topics covered include adding a button to the status bar, adding a menu item, adding a preference pane. The tutorial goes in depth, with copious code samples, how to actually do something with the buttons once they are added. The sample code is all from program called Home Page Scheduler that was developed for this tutorial.

I was a member of the team of Georgia Tech students who developed this document as part of a technical communications class. Check it out and feel free to post any comments here.

About Frank Rietta

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Frank Rietta is specialized in working with startups, new Internet businesses, and in developing with the Ruby on Rails platform to build scalable businesses. He is a computer scientist with a Masters in Information Security from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He teaches about security topics and is a contributor to the security chapter of the 7th edition of the "Fundamentals of Database Systems" textbook published by Addison-Wesley.