Hacking Firefox: More Than 150 Hacks, Mods and Customizations

Hacking Firefox: More Than 150 Hacks, Mods and Customizations

by Mel Reyes
     
 

They dreamed of a better browser . . . and before you could say "explore no more," Firefox was born. But already you want more. Tighter security, greater functionality. A custom installation for Linux. Maybe even that unique extension you've always dreamed of creating. Well, if you want to tweak the Fox, here are over 400 pages of ways to do it. From hacking profile…  See more details below

Overview

They dreamed of a better browser . . . and before you could say "explore no more," Firefox was born. But already you want more. Tighter security, greater functionality. A custom installation for Linux. Maybe even that unique extension you've always dreamed of creating. Well, if you want to tweak the Fox, here are over 400 pages of ways to do it. From hacking profile settings to cracking links and cleaning out the cookie jar, this is the stuff that puts you in control.

Step-by-step instructions for these hacks and dozens more

  • Settings, content, and extension hacks
  • Hacking the interface and themes
  • Performance boosters
  • Anti-phishing and security hacks
  • Toolbar and status bar tweaks
  • Navigation, download, and search hacks
  • Hacks for common plugins
  • Extension and theme creation

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
As befits one of the world’s hottest open source projects, Firefox is 100 percent tweakable and extensible. Don’t like something? Got a great new idea? Nobody’s stopping you, and plenty of people will welcome your contribution. Hacking Firefox brings together all the knowledge you need to make it happen.

You’ll start by exploring the many tools and resources available to Firefox hackers, including the Document Inspector, basic text editors, the JavaScript console, and Firefox’s personalized profile settings. (Thankfully, author Mel Reyes explains how to back up your Firefox installation before you start messing with it.)

You’ll walk through the fundamentals of hacking Firefox “manually,” through its about:config screen and prefs.js and user.js files. Next, Reyes introduces extensions, showing how they’re packaged and how to tweak troublesome or older ones to work properly with the latest versions of Firefox.

Reyes covers editing themes and icons, then introduces a remarkably wide array of performance tweaks -- ranging from page rendering optimizations to caching. You’ll learn how to modify security and privacy settings, then control the way Firefox displays banner ads, images, and other content.

Hacking Firefox guides you through tweaking menus, toolbars, the status bar, navigation and tabbed browsing, download behavior, and more. You’ll also learn how to use external download managers, control plug-ins, and customize Firefox’s built-in Google search capabilities.

If you’re in an organizational setting, you’ll appreciate Reyes’s coverage of installation and deployment, including creating custom installers. Finally, there’s a full section on Mozilla programming, in which Reyes walks you through creating both extensions and themes. Whether you want to improve your own personal Firefox experience or everyone's, start right here. Bill Camarda, from the October 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764596506
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/25/2005
Series:
ExtremeTech Series, #22
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Mel Reyes, a veteran of technology and programming, is an avid fan and user of Firefox and all its predecessors. He programs in several languages, works with a variety of technologies, and runs MRTech.com, which provides free technology news, support, tips, and software. He works in several industries helping clients with web, desktop, and database application development. Mel can be reached by e-mail at mel@mrtech.com.

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