Category: NPAPI

Building a firefox plugin – part four

July 4, 2011 28 Comments by Richard

The traffic going to my “Building a firefox plugin” series over the last year or two has been incredible. Granted, I knew that the other documenation was poor, but in recent times I have encountered links to my previous posts in all sorts of strange places — even in the comments in a project I […]

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Browser Plugins vs Extensions – the difference

August 10, 2010 35 Comments by Richard

Overloaded terms One of the least understood concepts in the Browser Plugin world is — browser plugins.  What they are, and even more: what they are not.  Probably at least once a week I answer a question somewhere on a forum or on the comments on this blog and say “You can’t do that with […]

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Firefox 3.6 has removed support for XPCOM plugins!

January 29, 2010 24 Comments by Richard

Most who are deep in the plugin world already know this, but I will repeat it quickly for those who only dabble: Firefox 3.6 has removed support for XPCOM plugins. This means that if you use XPCOM for your javascript interface (i.e. you have an IDL file on your npapi plugin, you us nsScriptablePeer, etc) […]

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Cross-Browser Scripting – Part one

December 27, 2009 2 Comments by Richard

The Problem: I’ll be up-front about something here; I don’t particularly like ActiveX.  I understand a lot of the reasons for creating it, and I won’t go so far as to claim that it shouldn’t exist or anything like that; in fact, it does very well for certain types of things.  The main thing I […]

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Memory management in NPAPI

December 24, 2009 9 Comments by Richard

Introduction Ever since I started this series of posts on NPAPI and plugins, I have started receiving occasional emails requesting additional help with aspects of NPAPI that are particularly confusing.  With full-time work, FireBreath development, and a 6 month old baby to take care of, I often don’t have as much time as I’d like […]

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Firebreath ready for testing

December 10, 2009 9 Comments by Richard

While I’m not ready to release a “beta” version of Firebreath yet, we are getting really close. In fact, it’s close enough that anyone feeling a little adventuresome shouldn’t have any trouble setting up a test plugin and testing the limits. We only support Windows so far (sorry guys, it’s the platform I know best, and it’s the one my client needed first), but we support both Internet Explorer and NPAPI (Firefox, probably Chrome and Safari as well).

A brief list of supported features:

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Call for plugin Developers

September 17, 2009 53 Comments by Richard

Call for help Update: See what is happening with FireBreath a year later I hereby issue a “Call for Plugin Developers” to the readers of the site. I know we are as of yet few, but I hope that some of you may be willing to help me. I am quickly realizing that I need a […]

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Building a firefox plugin – part three

August 4, 2009 201 Comments by Richard

Note: For a better way to create a Browser Plugin (that will work on all browsers, not just NPAPI), check out the FireBreath project. Getting help: For a better place to ask NPAPI-related questions, go to StackOverflow and make sure to use the “npapi” and/or “firebreath” tags. Previous posts The purpose of this post is […]

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Building a firefox plugin – part two

May 26, 2009 53 Comments by Richard

Note: For a better way to create a Browser Plugin (that will work on all browsers, not just NPAPI), check out the FireBreath project. Getting help: For a better place to ask NPAPI-related questions, go to StackOverflow and make sure to use the “npapi” and/or “firebreath” tags. Recap Last time, I talked about the fundamentals […]

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Building a firefox plugin – part one

March 1, 2009 104 Comments by Richard

Note: For a better way to create a Browser Plugin (that will work on all browsers, not just NPAPI), check out the FireBreath project. Getting help: For a better place to ask NPAPI-related questions, go to StackOverflow and make sure to use the “npapi” and/or “firebreath” tags. Introduction I have now been researching and working […]

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