A year in the life of an open source project – FireBreath 1.2 released

September 15, 2010 7 Comments by Richard

Starting a new open source project Beginning an open source project is probably one of the more cliché things to do in the industry. How many open source projects are out there that have almost no support, haven’t been updated in years, or are just plain useless? This is the story of how I created FireBreath […]

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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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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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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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Detecting the version of an ActiveX IE Browser plugin – Part Two

January 7, 2009 No Comments by Richard

Note: if you haven’t already, please read up on FireBreath, the open source cross-platform plugin framework, and consider contributing. Update Last time, in Detecting the version of an ActiveX IE Browser plugin part one, I discussed the ToString() method of an ActiveX object, and how it is called when an ActiveX object is instantiated from […]

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Detecting the version of an ActiveX IE Browser plugin

January 6, 2009 18 Comments by Richard

One of the trickiest tasks with any browser plugin is to detect if the installed plugin is the version that you need. This is made particularly difficult because there are multiple browsers and multiple browser types. During my research I looked over the default installer that Microsoft ships with Silverlight and found a very simple solution to the Internet Explorer half of this problem.

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