It was a Sunday project in fact. It was a classic case of falling down the rabbit hole. Development of this extension was pretty unintended.
It all started out when I decided to fix the CSS Reloader extension so that it would clear the browser cache before reloading the CSS. I needed the cache purge so that @imports would get refreshed also. I read a bit about extensions, found out about bootstrapped extensions -- those that don't require a browser restart for installation. Decided then to change the CSS Reloader to be a bootstrapped extension. Hit several brick walls, decided to follow the Mozilla Jetpack tutorials, and came out with a new extension.
After having a brand new extension, implementing a WebSockets back channel for update notification seemed a minor effort (two more hours of hacking, but it did look minor when I began).
Credits to these guys:
- Firefox CSS live edit in Sublimetext (work in progress)
For the idea. It's their fault that I did this. Don't show me something this cool and then withhold the debugger API I need to do that.
This guy, for the basis of my work. It's not that I used any code, because along my wall-bashing trail I wrote the extension from scratch. It is that this extension was the inspiration.
Jetpack is the solution for extension development. Great documentation. Excellent framework, if a bit leaky here and there. Nevertheless, a great Mozilla project that is perhaps a bit underappreciated because it targets a smaller audience.
#firefox #addons #jetpack #mozilla #mozillafirefox #webdevelopment #webdev #css
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