Articles by Dustin Driver
What Makes a Great Extension?
We’re in the middle of our Firefox Quantum Extensions Challenge so we’ve been pondering what makes a great extension. Great browser extensions add functionality and fun to Firefox, but there’s more to it than that. They’re easy to use, easy to understand, and easy to find. If you’re building an extension, Dustin Driver offers some simple steps to help it shine. The Quantum Extensions Challenge is running until April 15, 2018. Prizes will be awarded to the top extensions in three categories: Games & Entertainment, Dynamic Themes, and Tab Manager/Organizer. Enter today and keep making awesome extensions!
Forging Better Tools for the Web
2017 was a big year for Firefox DevTools. We updated and refined the UI, refactored three of the panels, squashed countless bugs, and shipped several new features. This work not only provides a faster and better DevTools experience, but lays the groundwork for some exciting new features and improvements for 2018 and beyond.
Go beyond console.log with the Firefox Debugger
Life After Flash: Multimedia for the Open Web
Part II: Flash delivered video, animation, interactive sites and, yes, ads to billions of users for more than a decade, but now it’s going away. Here's a compilation of resources that looks ahead at the open web technologies that have emerged to make web video, animation, and game development more performant and engaging than ever!
Flash, In Memoriam
Part I of a two-part reflection on digital multimedia, yesterday and today: Macromedia launched Flash 1.0 in 1996 with the grand vision of a single multimedia platform that would work flawlessly in any browser or any computer. In its day, Flash triggered a wave of creativity and inspired millions of people around the world to create digital media for the web. At one time, 75% of all video content on the web was delivered via the Flash player.
Inspect, Modify, and Debug React and Redux in Firefox with Add-ons
React, along with Redux, is one of the fastest and most flexible UI frameworks on the web. It’s easy to write, easy to use and is great for teams. However, it's not easy to debug them in the browser. Now, browser add-ons like React Developer Tools, Redux DevTools, and Vue let you inspect, modify, and debug your code right in the browser.
Powerful New Additions to the CSS Grid Inspector in Firefox Nightly
CSS Grid is revolutionizing web design. It’s a flexible, simple design standard that can be used across all browsers and devices. That's why we built CSS Grid Inspector. We’ve been working hard on the Firefox Developer Tools Layout panel, adding powerful new features to the Grid Inspector and Box Model. The latest enhancements are now available in Firefox Nightly.