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17 February 2010, 10:39

Mozilla Jetpack 0.8 released - prototyping is over

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JetPack Logo Version 0.8 of Jetpack, Mozilla's new extension technology, has been released with new APIs for toolbar buttons and bookmark access, as the project moves forward aiming for a production ready release. The new APIs allow a more seamless integration of Jetpack's JavaScript/HTML/CSS based extensions into the browser.

The new Toolbar API allows an extension to present buttons in the Firefox toolbars for quick access to a Jetpack extension's functions. The new Places API allows developers to write code that can examine the user's history and bookmarks, for example, for searching or automated management. The addition of these two APIs removes some objections to Jetpack when compared to the current Firefox extension system which allows much more user interface customisation.

The developers say that version 0.8 is the end of the prototyping phase of Jetpack and they are now moving to working on a "mature, production-level version". The next version will bring in a new security model and a more extensible architecture. Jetpack's developers say there should be a technology preview in the coming weeks. Further details of what is labelled the Jetpack Reboot are available on the project's Reboot wiki page.

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